This is an amazing piece of beading. There must have been a matching green taffeta slip that was worn beneath this gown. It is very heavy. It's beaded with random chains of mint green paillettes and the designs outlined with crystal seed and bugle beads. In the center of the desings are small silver-metal glass coated beads. These beads are highly desirable. I believe they are a mercury glass bead in small flat "pancake" shapes. At RibbonSmyth we sell small bags of all the flapper gown pieces and I make sure each bag includes some of the mercury beads.