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Ancient Bead Necklace

This is a bead necklace featuring an ancient Islamic glass beads, gold hand made beads, silver beads finished with contemporary Japanese beads and a 14 Karat gold clasp.

The central bead is a rare Early Islamic Striped Glass Bead, dated 700 - 1200 A.D., or Late Roman Empire period. The striped bead is a simple dramatic 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. The two ivory colored glass beads are likely from the same period.

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.

On either side of the central bead there are small tubular sterling beads. The small light brown glass beads are modern Japanese glass beads.

 

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Item code: n89

 

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