№ 505 Ancient Glass

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This beautifully worn ancient glass bead is paired with asymmetrical sterling silver chains that beautifully balance each other.

Bracelet pairs beautifully with necklace № 316 and earrings № 089.

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.”

Bracelet is 6 ¾” and finished with a 11mm lobster claw clasp.  All metal is oxidized sterling silver.