Ancient Roman White Glass Beaded Necklace


An elegant Roman, restrung necklace consisting of clear glass beads. The beads differ slightly in shape, from circular to flattened discs in varying hues of white and cream. The beads increase slightly in size towards the centre, creating a pendant formation. The necklace is finished with a silver clasp (please note that these necklaces are not tied professionally).


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


SKU: LJ-04 Category: Tag:

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 19.2 g
Dimensions L 24.8 cm



Southern Europe

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