Selection of Ancient Roman Blue Glass Beaded Bracelets


A selection of beautiful ancient Roman glass bracelets, each restrung onto elastic. The bracelet is composed of glass beads of different shapes, sizes, textures and shades of light blue, creating a mosaic effect. Such bracelets testify to the popularity of glass ornaments across the Roman Empire.

INDIVIDUALLY PRICED. Please note this is a general lot and individual selection is not available.

Dimension is measured in half length when folded.

Date: Circa 1st - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, the bracelets have been restrung.

In stock

SKU: SK-45 Category: Tags: ,

The mass production of glass in Ancient Rome prompted the development of glass jewellery. The ageing process of glass endows Roman glass jewellery with unique qualities. For instance, contaminants manufactured into the glass, exposed to the surrounding environment over thousands of years, result in beautiful lustres and speckling, where the glass might formerly have been transparent.

The ancient Romans considered jewellery to be an essential accessory, for it provided a public display of their wealth. Roman jewellery at first followed trends set by the Etruscans, using gold and glass beads, but as the power and spread of the Roman Empire increased, jewellery designs became increasingly elaborate. Different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa, and the Orient were all incorporated to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominant, conquering city.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog posts: Ancient Glass and Collecting Roman Glass.

Weight 8.25 g
Dimensions L 9 cm



You may also like…