How do you identify different beads?
A bright desk lamp or magnifying light will make it easier to identify patterns, textures and other identifiable markings on any bead. A jeweler’s loupe or magnifying glass will help you see specific details close up.
How can I tell if my watch is sapphire crystal?
Sapphire crystals aren’t that expensive. If the manufacturer says it is sapphire, then it probably is. If it is AR coated then it very likely is since that is an expensive process and doesn’t make sense to do on lesser materials, though it can and is done out there. Tapping it is a pretty good way to tell.
How do you test for plastic or glass?
All you need to do is tap a lens against your teeth, a tool that’s always available. If the lenses make a soft ringing sound, they are more likely to be glass. If they make a soft *thunk*, then they are definitely plastic.
How do you separate glass and plastic beads?
Place the bead on a hard surface and tap it with the hammer. A glass bead will crack quite easily, while the hammer will bounce off a plastic bead under a light blow.
Are glass beads valuable?
All glass has low value. All sold by piece, rather than by carat. Red marquise-cut glass gemstones.