Roman Green Glass and Hardstone Beaded Necklace


A restrung Ancient Roman necklace featuring glass and hardstone beads of varying hues of green. The beads range in size, and differ in shape, varying from circular to ovoid to cylindrical. The necklace is further enriched with a pendant at the centre; an oblong and cubic opaque bead hanging from the centre. The necklace is finished with a silver clasp (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied).

Date: Circa 1st – 4th Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition.


SKU: HB-28 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 12.2 g
Dimensions L 36 cm




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