№ 381 Ancient Glass

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This fabulously funky necklace features ancient glass beads mixed with rustic sterling 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.”

Necklace measures 17 ¼” and can be lengthened upon request.  The beads are strung on soft flex wire, a flexible wire that is very sturdy and finished with a 13mm lobster claw clasp.  All findings used are oxidized sterling silver.