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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring ancient stone beads, Egyptian beads, finished with contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central large, stone bead is an Ancient Roman Agate bead dating from 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman Empire period. Unusual agates were always sought after and had a high value to the owners. Any regular patterns in a natural stone, or the likeness of an ‘eye’ were very desirable in the magical thinking of the time.

The two agate beads with the etched pentagonal pattern were a similar bead. They are likely of Indian origin, 750 - 1500 A.D.

The dozen or so medium small accent beads are from Egypt, literally uncovered from the shifting sands of the Sahara. They are of unknown origin and certainly of great antiquity.

The small glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.

 

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Item code: n92

 

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