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Ancient Bead Necklace

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

The central bead is a rare Ancient Roman Striped Glass Bead, dated 200 - 700 A.D., the Roman Empire period. The striped design bead is a classical design and was most likely made in the Eastern Mediterranean also called the Levant. 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 two large striped beads are Vintage Venetian beads dating from the 18th through the 19th Century and are from Africa. The four smaller striped beads are from the same source. Venetian beads found a ready market in the African trade for many years.

Twenty or so small 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 14 metal bicones are from Africa and are a silver alloy, circa 19 - 20th Century.

The small blue glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.

 

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Item code: n74

 

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