As in most cultures, jewellery in Rome was considered a suitable accessory through which one could display their wealth and status. How a Roman woman presented herself was crucial to her and her family’s perception: in a world where you wanted to see and be seen, such examples of conspicuous consumption were essential in constructing a prestigious public image. The mass production of glass jewellery in Ancient Rome set it aside from Ancient Greece, where preference was predominantly for metal jewellery. The vast expanse of the Roman Empire is reflected not only in the broad repertoire of jewellery designs, but also in the variety of stones incorporated into their fashions. Able to source natural resources from the Near East and the Baltics to name just a few, the Romans became known for their elaborate and eye-catching polychromatic pieces. What is more, the ageing process of glass endows Roman glass jewellery with unique qualities. While the glass may have formerly been smooth and transparent, contaminants manufactured into the material react with the environment over thousands of years, so that each bead comes to bear its own individual shape and sheen.
Ancient Roman Green Beaded Glass Necklace
A restrung Roman necklace, made of small beads in assorted shapes such as cylinders, discs and spheres. These vary in shades of green, with some featuring hints of iridescence. The centre of the necklace focuses on a pendant-like feature, made of a large cylindrical bead, a spherical bead, a smaller cylinder, and then tapering to two small beads once again. The necklace is finished with a modern silver clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).
Condition: Fine condition, the necklace has been restrung.