Ancient Roman Glass Bead Necklace


A restrung Ancient Roman necklace featuring glass beads of varying hues of yellow. The beads differ slightly in size with the majority displaying circular shapes. The necklace is further enriched with a pendant at the centre, a larger deep yellow bead with a semi-translucent clear glass bead underneath.

Date: Circa 1st - 3rd century AD
Condition: Fine condition, restrung with modern silver clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied). 21.8 cm length when folded.


SKU: BL-02 Category:

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 13.6 g
Dimensions L 40.8 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 17.190.111