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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring an ancient glass bead, black coral prayer beads, Indo-Pacific beads, Venetian beads, finished with small vintage beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a lozenge shaped Ancient Greek Glass Bead, dated circa 200 - 31 B.C. This bead was most likely made in Hellenistic Egypt. Some beads like this are also found in the area of Afghanistan which was Bactria, the eastern-most part of the Hellenistic world. The bead has been stabilized and is protected by a 14 Kt gold sleeve in its perforation.

The two black beads are Vintage Black Coral Prayer beads dating from about the 19th through the 20th Century and are Yemeni Islamic beads.

The two smaller striped beads are Vintage Venetian beads dating from the 18th through the 19th Century and are from Africa. The small beads that finish the necklace are like-wise. Venetian beads found a ready market in the African trade for many years.

The small white beads are from Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and Southern India and date from 750 - 1500 A.D. They were traded from China to Africa and are called Trade Wind beads or Indo-Pacific beads. They were probably the most widely traded bead of all times.


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Item code: n76


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