Ancient Roman Dark Blue Glass Beaded Necklace

£ 75.00

An Ancient Roman restrung necklace comprised of dark blue glass beads of varying sizes. The beads differ slightly in shape from circular to ovoid with larger beads dispersed in between smaller ones. The centre of the necklace is enriched with a pendant featuring a larger upside down heart-shaped bead followed by a smaller bead. The piece is finished with a silver-plated clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 1st – 4th Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, the necklace has been restrung.


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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.

Weight 10.2 g
Dimensions L 40.7 cm



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