5mm rounded edge Heishi Natural Color Organic Apple Coral Beads 22 Inch Strand temporarily Strung Jewelry Making Beading Supplies AC-13011. These Heishi Beads have a slightly rounded edge or barrel look lending themselves well to various project applications using heishi or rondelles. These beads are 5mm around and approximately 3mm long. Apple Coral is a wonderful color to coordinate with Turquoise and a staple for adding that colorful touch to your Southwestern Designs and coordinating various shades of Spiny Oyster.
We have not listed these strands separately but have included an image multiple strands for your consideration. As you can see, there is no significant difference in coloring or matrix to warrant individual images. This Coral is a natural color, no dye and is a perfect compliment to Southwestern Design coordinating with various colors of Spiny Oyster. It is a sponge coral, also known as Apple Coral and it comes from the South China Sea, from an island off Vietnam. It is a fast growing coral, not an endangered species. The fishermen pull it up in their nets.
There are various grades of Apple Coral (just as in Freshwater Pearls or any other Gemstones) and these would be considered a grade A for natural color and even tone. Apple Coral can range from these muted Orange tones to a pale tone almost bone color with various shades in between. Often this material particularly the less saturated colors are dyed to obtain the Coral Red and these would be considered a lower grade strand. This muted orange Apple Coral has become a staple for Native American and Southwestern Bead Jewelry Designers for its close match of Red to Orange Spiny Oyster Shell.