Roman Black Glass Bead Necklace


A restrung Ancient Roman necklace composed of circular and cylindrical black glass beads. Most beads are decorated with angular etchings which adds a satisfying array of textures in combination with varying shapes of the beads. The beads are arranged in graduating size, with larger beads arranged centrally toward a pendant composed of three beads, creating a pleasing balance. Such necklaces testify to the popularity of glass ornaments across the Roman Empire. The necklace finishes with a modern silver clasp (please be aware the clasp has not been professionally tied).


Date: Circa 1st - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, slight scratches to beads.


SKU: NS-09 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.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog posts: Ancient Glass and Collecting Roman Glass.

Weight 11.5 g
Dimensions L 52 cm



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