This months question is actually very important and anyone that is serious about making beautiful, long lasting beads takes this subject quite seriously.iln annealed?
in the hole (not just a bit left, but all of the release) chances are it was made in India or China and may not have been annealed. Same goes with uneven or poorly decorated designs.
The naked eye cannot tell the difference, but you can use a polariscope if you have one laying around :) (kidding!) A dead giveaway for me is acute angles, where decorations are added on quickly and not melted in sufficiently, like dots and lines. If you hit these just a little bit, they will crack off. Another sign is the bail on a pendant, if it is not melted in enough, it's probably not been annealed either, as if someone didn't take the time to seal the bail on well enough, they probably didn't care to slow-cool it either!Holly Dare
The fact that you cannot tell by the naked eye is the very reason you should KNOW your bead maker when dealing with glass beads! An artist cares about their reputation and values their end product. The factories where they crank them out, don't; Another buyer looking for cheap crap will be along any second.