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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring an ancient glass bead, Indo-Pacific beads, finished with contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a rare Ancient Roman Glass Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman Empire period. This bead has a feathered design which is more unusual on larger beads such as this. This bead was most likely made in the Eastern Mediterranean. The bead has been stabilized and is protected by a 14 Kt gold sleeve in its perforation.

A few locations within the Roman Empire produced large ingots of glass that were then broken and distributed to smaller glass works in many locations throughout the empire. These glassworks would then soften, draw out and decorate glass beads. 

The 20 some odd small colored beads are from Southeast Asia 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.

The white and black monochrome, tubular glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.

The dark monochrome glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.


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Item code: n70


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