№ 396 Ancient Glass

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A gorgeous series of ancient glass shards strung together with silver beads from Thailand.

Ancient glass shards are excavated in Afghanistan, along the Silk Road, a network of trade routes that connected cultures and merchants and spanned from the 2nd century BCE to the 18th century.  The glass originated in Rome, where glassware became incredibly popularized during the Roman Empire with the invention of glass blowing, around 50 BCE, which brought glassware into the homes of most Romans and was used on a daily basis. It was then traded along the Silk Road.  Because it is excavated in Afghanistan, I am choosing to call it “ancient glass” instead of “ancient Roman glass.”

This statement necklace measures 19” and is finished with a 13mm lobster claw clasp.  Strung on sturdy silk cord and all metal used is oxidized sterling silver.