India-cut StonesPosted by Kevin on February 19 at 02:43 pm
For the next 2 weeks, we’ll be adding awesome India-cut stones to our shop. Some of you will know exactly what to expect when I say India-cut, because there are specific stones that are typically cut in India and they are cut in a distinctive way. For those of you that aren’t familiar with these stones, I wanted to write a bit about them, because we love stones cut in India!
India factories cut many gemstones, but the ones you see most often are the “premium stones” — stones like: labradorite, peridot, ruby, garnet, emerald, moonstone, fluorite, opal, iolite, and tanzanite. These factories cut these stones to give them an awesome, unique look that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Many of the premium stones above are now being cut in China as well, but you can always tell when a strand has come from India. The factories there have a distinctive cutting style. Many of the stones are hand-cut rather than machine cut. This results in varying shapes and sizes rather than a perfectly uniform strand of beads. If you ask us, it adds a little character to the beads
Here are some telltale signs that a strand was cut in India:
Inconsistent strand lengths – This is a constant headache for us bead suppliers. You’ll notice that the strand lengths on our new India-cut stones are not like most of the beads on our site. Normally, strands are 16″ or 8″ and that’s it. These new strands come in lengths of 15″, 14″, 10″, and even 14.5″. When we get strands from India, there’s no telling what length they’ll be!
Varying bead sizes – Another thing you’ll notice about these strands is that many of the names include a size range. This is because, as discussed above, the sizes of the beads on each strand will vary slightly.
Tassle-thingies - We’re not sure why, but factories in India love to end strands with these decorative stringy tassles. They do look cool, but they also cause all of the strands in our warehouse to stick together in a tangled mess, so we’re not sure how we feel about tassle-thingies.
It’s true, all of these dead giveaways do cause us a little extra work, especially with reordering, but it’s worth it! Not only are these premium stones (the most beautiful stones) but their cut gives them a very natural, unique look. They have tons of character, not to mention sparkle!
Check out all of the new India-cut stones on the New Beads Page! Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you have photos of any finished pieces with India-cut stones, please upload them!