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One other comment about diamond beads (the black ones at least).
Examine them closely before you buy them. I got an unwanted surprise
after buying a string of black diamond beads.
I didn't ask to open the strand & check the holes. When I got them
in the shop & opened the strand, I found the holes very small. But
the worst surprise was yet to come. If I had to guess, I'd bet the
holes were drilled from each side using a laser. As a result, the
holes don't line up & there's a wear point some place inside the
stone. This has the effect of further shortening the life of whatever
is used to string them, be it metal or organic material.
I suppose if one had the right type of laser, the wear point could
be eliminated, but I'd hate to price that type of laser. it'd
probably make the standard welding lasers look like a bargain.