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Ancient Bead Necklace

This bead necklace features an ancient Javanese glass bead, Indo-Pacific beads, silver sleeves, finished with contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The large bead is an unusual Ancient Javanese Mosaic Bead, dated 750 - 1500 A.D., This bead was found in Java and is considered to be a Indo-Pacific bead. These large, extra-ordinary mosaic and combed beads seem to derive from late Persian glass techniques. These crafts were brought to Java and Sumatra by the movement of trade by Arab and Indian merchants seeking sandalwood, ebony and spices from the islands. The bead has been stabilized and and is protected by a sterling silver sleeve in its perforation.

The two creme colored 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.

Two small white-heart beads are out of the African trade, originally from Venice.

The matte blue glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.


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Item code: n72


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