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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring an ancient glass bead, black coral prayer beads, gold beads hand made by Charley Hafen, finished with ancient monochrome beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a long tubular Ancient Roman Mosaic Glass Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman ‘Empire’ period. 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.

The four black beads are Vintage Black Coral Prayer beads dating from about the early 19th Century and are Yemeni Islamic beads. The decorative silver studs make these beads special.

The red and yellow colored beads are from Java 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 glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.

The gold hand made beads begin in sculpting wax. A substantial amount of 24 Karat gold is added to copper, silver and/or nickel. Each small batch of beads made has a different proportion of these metals. This is close to an alloy the Romans called Electrum. They are then cast in the lost wax process, a center hole drilled, smoothed and polished, with applied finishes such as hammered, distressed or left untouched.


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Item code: n69


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