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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring an ancient glass bead, vintage Venetian beads, Indo-Pacific beads, gold beads hand made by Charley Hafen, finished with a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a rounded bicone Ancient Roman Pinched Stripe 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 two short cylindrical 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.

The six light 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 small glass beads are Venetian beads contemporary with the cylindrical 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: n75


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