Dear knowledgeable ones: What the heck is this bead??? I have very limited turquoise/ gemstone knowledge, but the matrix just looks kind of fake to me
This is a mid- late Victorian sentiment bracelet weaved of human hair. The metal beads are GP or GF brass.
The blue bead is definitely a stone composition. I’m fairly confident on the age of the piece. Turquoise was also a popular gemstone in that period. If the bead is not Turquoise; I’m able to find when howlite was discovered, just not when dyed howlite became commonly used in jewelry.
( a lot of excess thought when I can just ask “is the bead fake or real” haha )
Thanks so much!