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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace made of ancient glass beads accented with contemporary 14 Karat white gold beads and clasp.

All of the small opaque orange glass beads were found in Viet Nam and are from the Funan Period, 68 - 550 C.E. They are Indo-Pacific beads, sometimes called Trade Wind beads. This particular color and type of glass has been in high regard historically through Micronesia and the Indonesian archipelago.

The large dark blue bead is a ‘Roman bead’, most likely made in Egypt and other locations in the Eastern Mediterranean 300 - 800 C.E. This bead has three eyes. These kinds of ‘eye beads’ are thought to have been used as a magical amulet to ward off the “evil eye”.

Many of these beads have been have been found as far away as Djenne, Mali in West Africa. Archaeologists have dated these finds about 300 - 800 C.E.


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Item code: bd41



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