№ 425 Ancient Glass

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A beautiful sweep of colorful shards of ancient glass float along the chain in this necklace.

Ancient glass shards and components 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 popularized during the Roman Empire with the invention of glass blowing, around 50 BCE.  Glassware was brought into the homes of most Romans and used on a daily basis. It was also traded along the Silk Road.  These fragments of glass are repurposed from broken vessels that were buried for hundreds of years along the Silk Trade Road and today are made into beads.  Because it is excavated in Afghanistan, I am choosing to call it “ancient glass” instead of “ancient Roman glass.”

Necklace measures 18 1/2" and finished with a 9mm lobster claw clasp.  All metal used is oxidized sterling silver.