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Taking Gems and Beads to India

Discussion in 'General Discussions - USA & Canada' started by malarun, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. malarun

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    Hi All,

    I will be travelling to India soon,

    can anyone suggest how to take beads and gems from here?
    I have bought 2nd quality pearls, beads and Coral.
    Is there a limit of how much we carry.

    Putting it all together I have about 30 strands of them

    Thanks
    malar
     
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  2. shree

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    hi,

    u can carry them without any problem. i generally carry the costlier ones in my carry on for the fear that someone might take it in indian cutoms. every time i carry some strands or the other. no problems so far. so u r good.
     
  3. justanothergirl

    justanothergirl IL Hall of Fame

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    I agree with Shree.Take the exp Italian corals in carry on ...but the rest u can just put it in checkin.
    I dont think there should be any problem.
     
  4. malarun

    malarun Gold IL'ite

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    Hi Shree and JAG thanks.

    Can you suggest me a place where I can get this Italian coral, I bought the ones I have from beadsafterbeads in a gem show.

    I live in the Chicago area.

    Thanks
    Malar.
     
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    justanothergirl IL Hall of Fame

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    Beads after beads (or other gem shows ) typically dont have the Italian corals.
    I bought mine at Indian jewellery stores which sell 22kt gold. They are expensive and a black pepper size coral strand roughly costs $100.Hope this helps,
     
  6. malarun

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    Hi JAG,

    I bought coral strand for $4 is that original or duplicate one. I think the size is 3mm.

    Thanks
    Malar.
     
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    If u bought it at beads after beads and at $4 then it most likely chinese white coral dyed in orange.
    White corals are abundant and the labor from there is cheap. The dyes are pretty good and they last.
    Itlalian corals are naturally orange...and rare.
     
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    Hey Malar check this out...Beads after beads online has a section on natural pagadam which is the Italian one I was talking about
     
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    Thanks JAG,

    I will check that out.

    Regards
    Malar
     
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    hi,

    i think the best place to buy coral or other gems is gem show only. i have checked the coral quality in some of the leading jewelry shops in chennai like GRT i have said that those are a good quality ones and they were able to tell that it generally comes from canada and worth buying for the money what i quoted.
     

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