This lot of 40 absolutely gorgeous polished turquoise nugget beads were part of a large lot of vintage stones and jewelry from a California owner. It looked to be a rock hound's collection (lots of mineral samples, loose beads and a few bits of old jewelry). This was at flea market, and I pressed the vendor for more information, but he really didn't know very much. He said he got it from an auctioned storage unit.
I spent 20 minutes on my hands and knees digging every last one of these beads from a very dusty box of mostly broken jewelry and loose beads and stones. So I know these beads are at least somewhat old. They obviously were strung together at one time, and I believe they are Southwestern turquoise, probably in their natural state (not stabilized or enhanced) but I do not know for sure. They are a vivid blue-green with black and brown matrix.
Size: The beads are very irregular in shape, and the size of the beads ranges from 24 x 16 x 11 mm for the largest bead to 15 x 12 x 7 mm for the smallest, just perfect for a graduated necklace. The combined weight of all the stones is 139 grams.
Age: Vintage for sure, but exact age of when the beads were mined, drilled or strung, unknown.
Condition: excellent, beads are ready for your next beading project, or they are large enough that they could be cut and polished into cabochons.
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