Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads

1st - 3rd century AD

Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads
Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads
Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads
Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads
Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads
Necklace with Roman purple glass and amber beads
100.00 VAT margin scheme
Article codeB19-430
Necklace with Roman purple glass beads. The drop pendant includes a rare amber bead. Restrung with authentic Roman beads and wearable (clasp).
Amber was a very popular commodity in the Roman period. Pliny the Elder mentions in his works how highly the transparent and golden yellow colour was appreciated in Ancient Rome. The Amber Road was and ancient trade route that transported the 'gold of the north' for thousands of years from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean area.

Maximum length: 40,5 cm
Diameter amber bead: 14,8mm
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Amber was a very popular commodity in the Roman period. The Amber Road transported the 'gold of the north' for thousands of years from the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean area.

Pliny the Elder mentions in his works how highly the transparent, red and most of all the golden yellow colour was appreciated in Ancient Rome. His statement gives us an indication of how much amber was valued: "the price of a figurine in amber, however small, exceeded that of a living slave'.

The hair of Poppea, wife of Emperor Nero, was described as having the colour of amber. Other ladies of Nero's court dyed their hair to match the colour of the Emperor's favourite.

Amber beads or amulets were very popular and attributed with healing and protective properties, It was also believed that amber provided fertility. Some Romans carried amber beads and rubbed them in their hands for strength or to calm the nerves.
Exclusive designs
Beaded jewellery has been treasured through the ages. Inspired by timeless classic designs we offer exclusive handmade jewellery with ancient, Egyptian and Roman beads at affordable prices.

The ancient beads are brought back to life by using a variety of techniques and materials. This results in a versatile selection and styles to choose from, ranging from elegant and classic to a more contemporary look.

Ancient techniques
Some jewellery making techniques date back to ancient times. Linking beads with gold or silver or the use of leather cord is still popular to the present day.

The wire-wrapping technique dates back from ca. 2000 BC and was a favourite technique of jewellery makers in ancient civilizations. No soldering or heating was required and also had the advantage of making jewellery with cabochons or amulets by wrapping wire around the stones (no need to drill holes). The wire can be used to wrap around beads or it can be expertly bent into loops, spirals or other decorative shapes and also allows smaller beads to be wrapped and incorporated in the design.

Browse our large selection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and pendants for matching pieces or discover other classic or contemporary designs.

Ancient & Roman beads
Every authentic ancient bead is slightly different in shape or colour shade and shows different signs of wear or the passing of time (iridescence). This adds to the charm of each piece and makes every composition unique.

Stone and shell beads have been worn as decoration or amulets since the Neolithic age. Faience beads appeared around 5500 years ago in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. In jewellery designs faience beads were often combined with gold and precious gemstones like Lapis Lazuli or carnelian beads. About 2000 years later glass making was invented, initially with just three simple components: sand quartz, soda ash and limestone.

Customization
We cooperate with various local Dutch designers who handcraft all our special designs. This makes it possible to customize some of our existing designs (longer/shorter) or offers the possibility of creating a new design according to your personal preferences. Contact us to discuss the options.

Contemporary materials
All our beaded jewellery is restrung with contemporary professional stringing materials, decorative spacer beads and fasteners to make it wearable or to facilitate putting it on display. All spacer beads, hooks, fasteners, etc. are gold/silver plated nickel-free metal or stainless steel.

General information
The jewellery will be delivered in a jewellery box to allow for safe storage and secure protection during shipping.

Certificate of Authenticity is available upon request (pdf-format).

Specifications

Period Roman
Category Ancient Jewellery
Material Amber, Glass
Country Roman Empire