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Molded Hematite question

I’m primarily a bead worker - has anyone considered that these
pieces may just be coated glass? It has a ‘nickely’ look when it’s
right next to the real thing, and since it’s glass it’s lighter
weight, but otherise you can’t really tell the dif. Has anyone tried
the scratch test?

Glass has a very different “heft” - hematite is very heavy. Yes, I
often use the scratch test - but on a porcelain shard.

Tony Konrath