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Roman 22K+ Gold Necklace with Glass & Carnelian Beads

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd century CE. A striking, higher than 22 karat gold link-in-link necklace with 34 dark blue glass beads - most of which are rounded though the 2 largest are rough cut which was also popular in the Classical period - and 4 rounded, disc-shaped red carnelian beads arranged in a well-balanced design, all secured by a hook and eye clasp. Lovely, wearable, and quite rare. Size: 21.5" L (54.6 cm); Gold quality: 96-97%

For more information about Roman gold jewelry read: Oliver, Jr., Andrew. "Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Jewelry" The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, May 1966, pp. 269-284. (https://www.metmuseum.org/pubs/bulletins/1/pdf/3258219.pdf.bannered.pdf) and Alexander, Christine. 1928. Jewelry: The Art of the Goldsmith in Classical Times as Illustrated in the Museum Collection. p. 11, fig. 12, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This piece has been has been tested for the presence or absence of particular elements via XRF elemental analysis. A basic 1-page summary of the XRF screening will accompany purchase, identifying each element present in the sample, as well as the quantity of elements present. A more complete analysis detailing historical data / comparisons is available for additional charge – please contact us.

Condition: Excellent and wearable. A rare example.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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