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Ancient Bead Necklace

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

The central bead is a rare 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.

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 four spotted tubular beads are Vintage Venetian beads dating from the 18th through the 19th Century and are from Africa. Venetian beads found a ready market in the African trade for many years. These beads are unusual in that they are ‘eye beads’ and thought to have been used as a magical amulet to ward off the “evil eye”.

The small red and white 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 two metal bicones are from Africa and are of a silver alloy, 19 - 20th Century.

The dark monochrome glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.


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Item code: n71


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