This strand of genuine Mookaite beads are:
Quantity: 32 beads (one 16″ strand)
Shape: Flat Marquise Seed Shaped Beads
Size: 11x8mm (measurements are approximate)
Quality: I had no idea there was such a thing as Brecciated Mookaite beads – that it was a real & consistent stone – but in fact it is. As the name indicates, brecciated Mookaite is mookaite that was broken up into bits and then solidified into rock again. This created the beautiful, mosaic like pattern set permanently in stone. These beads have the colors you expect to find in mookaite (maroon, mustard, cream) only jumbled and broken up and re-set into lovely patterns (I personally think it looks a lot like those floor tiles they used in office building lobbies in the 60s). Apparently they are quite a rare thing to find, and I’ve only found them one time, many years ago – here is what we have left!
These beads are not as perfect as I would like to see. They are not consistent in cut (some are a bit skinnier than others) and sometimes the shape is not consistent. They are lovely little beads, but I did find one or two on a strand that weren’t drilled perfectly. You shouldn’t find more than one or two with a drilling problem on each strand though, but you will find that they have a more organic feel due to the inconsistent shape with some of these guys.
The stones in the image represent the ones you’ll receive.
Kathy Hensley –