This 26mm Lampwork Sputnik Bead has a brilliant turquoise background; a 0.25" (6mm) center ring in deep cobalt blue; six applied three-tiered dots in turquoise and two shades of red (vermilion and burgundy) in the center; and a row of six smaller applied two-tiered dots in turquoise and red on either side. Lampwork beads are handmade by blowing and shaping molten glass over and through a torch, using tools and hand movements to form vibrant and intricate designs. The shape is so named for its likeness to the Soviet Sputnik spacecraft. The thickness of the bead is 0.875" (22mm) and the hole is 0.125" (3mm) in diameter. Maker and age are unknown. This 26mm Lampwork Sputnik Bead is in Very Good condition with all the variations which come with a handmade bead. Ideal for use as a center bead in a necklace.