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Amber Bead Comparison

A comparison of Amber beads cut from one stone with Amber beads press formed from one stone.

This information is provided to help people understand the differences between Amber beads cut from one stone as compared to those press formed from one stone.

amber beads cut and formed

To put it simply, the biggest difference between the beads is the price. And then the one that is press formed can be higher quality.

Bead manufacturers are quick to comment that people demand to cut stones, but when they see the price as compared to press formed stones, they purchase either beads pressed from one stone, or beads pressed from two or more stones. The factor that drives their decision is price.

The market for prayer beads is in total huge. But the market for prayer beads cut from one stone is a small fraction of the total market. Even the price of prayer beads made from beads pressed from one stone is well beyond the reach of the majority of people. The biggest market is for beads press formed from two or more stones.

The physical makeup of the stones is nearly identical with the press formed stone, actually, being more uniformly dense with internal faults eliminated. If one subjects both of the stones to an IRS scan, there is little likelihood that one can distinguish which stone was cut and which stone was formed.

One of the prayer beads in these pictures is made from beads cut from one stone and one is made from beads shaped (or in other words pressed) from one stone.

It takes an experienced eye to know which is which.

If you are not sure, contact us and we will tell you how to distinguish the bead type.

Click on the images to get a better view.


cut beads pressed beads

The surface characteristics of the stones are also similar. Most people cannot distinguish between a press form ed stone and a cut stone. An expert Amberman can, most of the time, but not always, tell which one was cut by looking at the patterns in the Amber. Even if after examining the patterns he thinks that the stone was cut, there is a definite probability that he is wrong.

And taking the analysis one step further, beads made from two stones are also barely physically distinguishable and in many cases not distinguishable from those already mentioned. The surface patterns and colors allow an experienced Amber man to generally state with certainty that the bead was made with two stones. But under an IRS scan you may not detect any difference.

Jewelry manufacturers are most often approached by people who want Amber beads cut from one stone.

But when the prospective buyers see the price, most of them decide on beads either pressed from one stone or pressed from two or more stones.

The astute Amber bead buyer recognizes that he is not buying for himself but for the customer. He buys one or more of the three general classes of beads.

He puts all three in front of the customer and allows the customer to make the choice.

Based on the buying habits of the customer pool, the Amber bead buyer then adjusts his inventory appropriately.

It is a common opinion among the Amber bead makers that the biggest mistake made by bead buyers is to close their minds to the possibilities presented by having inventory made up of beads cut from one stone, beads formed from one stone, and beads formed from two or more stones.

Information about beads cut from one stone is here.

Information about beads pressed from one stone is here.

Information about beads made from two or more stones is here.



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