8 Vintage Swarovski Cardinal Purple AB Article #349/5101 12mm Aspirin Shape bead - Vintage Crystal - Cardinal Corona D.S. & Co.

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Eight (8) vintage Swarovski crystal article #349 / 5101 12mm aspirin shape beads - cardinal purple color with an aurora borealis coating on one side. Also called corona in those days. These are a genuine vintage item that is very rare and hard to find. In fact while trying to research these online, I was unable to find any in this color at all. As far as I know they don't manufacture this unusual flattened tip bicone shaped bead any more.

The color of these beads is hard to capture accurately because depending on how the light hits them the color may appear more bluish lavender or more reddish purple. I suspect that is due to the abundant faceting and the AB coating on the reverse side. The AB coating itself even changes colors depending on the light hitting it. If you are familiar with current Swarovski color crystals I would say that this color is closest to the contemporary tanzanite color. The second picture probably captures the overall color most accurately.

The original factory packaging is not included but is shown in the pictures because that is how I received the item and to show that they are authentic. The D.S. & Co. Trade Mark on the package stands for Daniel Swarovski and was used in 1970 to 1980 packaging. If you buy all of them (or the last of my inventory) I will include the original factory package at no charge.

Disclaimer: these pieces have been well cared for but they are very old and may have minor scuffs or flea bites. I try to represent the quality of the item in the pictures. If perfection is important to you then please ask before buying. All vintage items are sold as is.

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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I do my best to take photos that represent the piece you will be receiving. However, some monitors may display colors a bit differently.