Ancient Roman Turquoise Necklace with Glass Beads

£ 75.00

An Ancient Roman restrung necklace composed of glass beads of different shades of turquoise. Each bead is unique in transparency, colour and texture and are arranged in size order. The necklace features a pendant-like formation at the centre, composed of several larger textured beads and is finished with a silver clasp. Please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied.

Date: 1st - 3rd Century BC
Condition: Fine Condition - necklace has been restrung.


SKU: SM-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.

For more information on Roman Glass, visit the blog posts: Ancient Glass and Collecting Roman Glass

Weight 9.6 g
Dimensions L 42.3 cm



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