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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring ancient glass beads, finished with Sterling Silver sleeves, contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a rare Ancient Roman Banded Glass Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman Empire period. Certain beads that have zigzagging lines were supposed to confuse the ‘evil eye’ which would get lost in these lines. This bead was most likely made in the Eastern Mediterranean or Egypt. The bead has been stabilized and is protected by a sterling silver sleeve in its perforation.

Six faience beads, three on either side of the mosaic bead, are likely from Egypt as early as the Ptolemaic period, 332 - 30 B.C. Faience beads, in general, were one of the first glass beads made in Egypt.

The two light colored tubular beads are from Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and Southern India and date from 750 - 1500 AD. They were traded from China to Africa and are usually called Trade Wind beads or Indo-Pacific beads.

The small ivory-colored tubular beads are modern Japanese glass beads.


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Item code: n83


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