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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 Mosaic Glass Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman Empire period. The mosaic bead is a classical design and was most likely made in the Eastern Mediterranean. The bead has been stabilized and is protected by a silver 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 two medium beads flanking the central bead 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 greenish glass beads and the small tubular beads are modern Japanese glass beads.

 

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Item code: n87

 

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