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Gemstone necklace featuring ancient Roman glass. This is a compelling palette and combination of gems and ancient Roman glass. The focal is a large, amazing piece of highly patinated roman glass, a hand formed fine silver wood grain charm, AA red spinel briolette, faceted prehnite cubes, black lava rock, and garnet red baroque pearls.
The gems and stones are individually wired with sterling, and there is a length of sterling chain at the back to create about a 16" necklace.
Absolutely One of a Kind.
This is a fantastic accessory for the elegant armchair archaeologist or history fashionista and the ultimate in recycled chic. Ancient shards are pieces of history, unique archaeological treasures with unbelievably gorgeous patina. I hand picked each piece from a box lot of these artifacts, looking for patina, shape and color.
Each piece is utterly unique.
A note on Ancient Roman Glass beads:
These ancient fragments are found all over the ancient Roman world, and today the most plentiful sources seem to be Israel and Afghanistan. The glass has been buried for many centuries- some of it even more than 2,000 years. They've been drilled and shaped recently, but retain the gorgeous iridescence that has developed through centuries of chemical reaction to the environment. The climate in the Middle East combines hot temperatures and flash flooding; the centuries of this exposure caused chemical changes in the glass in conjunction with the minerals present in the soil. The iridescence produced is simply stunning, and these shards absolutely become jewels the way they refract the light and change colors.
***PLEASE DO NOT GET THEM WET. AT ALL.
Remember, this glass could be 2000 years old.
Do not get hairspray or makeup or lotion on them.
Refrain from touching the glass too much, as these organic gems continue to react with their environment and the things you introduce. Oils on your hands (natural, perfumes, lotions) may affect the patina. Store them separately from other jewelry, but do wear them and enjoy them as special treasures!***
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