Cut Blues (not "Russian Beads")
First, the name. The Russians did not 1. Make this bead, 2. Bring it to Alaska (they got it from the American Fur Co. and maybe Hudson Bay) 3. Use it very much or very long. When you go to Alaska and buy them they will probably be strung up on Raphia (Raffia) palm leaves that grow in West Africa, not Alaska.
A tube from Mexico, ground before being cut apart. The tubes were imported from Germany. Some were made with clear interiors to identify them as recent beads.
So, what do we call them? Several other names have been used for them as well, but I prefer "Cut Blues." They were called "Cut Beads" in the trade, but there are a lot of cut beads. Karlis Karklins has proposed "Cornerless Hexagonals," which is descriptive, though they are not all hexagonal (nor are they all blue). The Bead Study Group of the Denver Museum of Natural History has suggested "Cut Prisms."
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