Really great alternative!
I wanted to make the garnet necklace that was featured with the faceted garnet roundels, but you were out of them so I took a chance that these beads would be a good replacement. I think they actually look better! And it didn't hurt that they cost a whole lot less.
I ordered several strings to design a multi strand neckpiece. I am planning to add some antique gold or bronze or copper to it - will see what works best!
It looks interesting mixing in the string here and there one of the Venetian Glass 6 mm Silver Foil Round - Topaz beads and a few - just for accent - of the 9x6 mm Blue Smoke and Amethyst Roundel Beads, but I let dominate the Garnet Gold Faceted Roundels. I might hang on this string the Patricia Healey Oak Leaf Pendant with Tendrils. Exciting project!
If you use this beads just for accent or as main component for your design your creation will have a stunning element with this gorgeous beads.