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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring an ancient glass bead, Venetian beads, glass agate beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a round Ancient Roman Glass Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman ‘Empire’ period. This bead was most likely made in the Eastern Mediterranean or Egypt. The bead has been stabilized and is protected by a silver sleeve in its perforation.

The four Banded Roman Glass Beads are imitations of highly prized banded agate beads. They also date from 200 - 700 A.D.

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 eight orange beads are Indo-Pacific or Trade Wind beads that were found in Djenné, Mali in West Africa, 300 - 800 A.D. These beads are thought to have traveled from India to Kenya or North Africa, and then overland by camel along the Saharan trade routes to West Africa.

The small glass beads are Venetian beads of the 19 - 20th Century found as African trade beads.

 

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Item code: n81

 

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