I have a small Burmese Ruby bead of exceptional quality and I’m
trying to find out if it is an antique bead.
I got an EGL certificate for it, it is untreated natural Ruby with
very good colour (Gem wizard colour number 30(06)5/4).
No one, to the best of my understanding, will drill a hole and
tumble polish such beautiful fine gem quality Burmese Ruby (2.28c).
In the book ‘Indian Jewellery Dance of the Peacock’ very similar
beads are shone, they were used for fancy necklaces in old Maharajas
jewellery, yet the book only shows beads from Spinals and Emeralds.
The person whom I bought the bead from did not know its story, but I
am quite sure the bead was once a part of some jewellery in India.
Is there a way to find out if it is an antique bead? And if so what
is its value (it is not for sale as it will be part of a special work
of jewellery that is ongoing).
I work in Israel at the moment, but apart from making the
certificate I don’t know how to find more info here. some of you on
Orchid may know.
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