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Ancient Bead Necklace

This bead necklace features an ancient Roman glass bead, Indo-Pacific beads, silver sleeves, finished with contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The large bead is an unusual Ancient Roman Glass Eye Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman Empire period. A few locations produced large ingots of glass that were then broken and distributed to smaller glass works in many locations throughout the empire.This ‘Roman eye bead’ was most likely made in Egypt or other locations in the Eastern Mediterranean. These kinds of ‘eye beads’ are thought to have been used as a magical amulet to ward off the “evil eye”. The bead has been stabilized and and is protected by a sterling silver sleeve in its perforation.

The small creme colored and opaque red beads are from Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and Southern India 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 dark monochrome and small tubular glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.


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Item code: n66


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