Thanks, Pat, for your review of Shipwreck Beads. I’d like to put in a
good word for Fire Mountain Gems, too. I have not found that Fire
Mountain Gems always make mistakes on their orders.
What I like is that, in their description of semi-precious beads,
they include its treatment (whether natural, dyed, etc.) and its
Mohs hardness, besides its size, shape, and grade. With metal beads,
they’ve gotten much, much better in describing the metal content
(after I complained several times that “brass” beads actually proved
to be brass-plated pewter or steel). Their prices are very good, if
you have an order of 50 items or more, so I get together with local
friends, and we do joint orders.