Four solid gold necklaces found in the floodplains of the Gelderland IJssel near Olst. The neck rings may be made of melted Late Roman gold coins, 'solidi'. The decorations on the jewelry are simple and a typical Germanic style. This jewelry may have belonged to prominent Germanic chieftains who had contact with the Roman Empire. It is possible they may have sacrificed their neck rings in the river to the gods, ca. 400 A.D.
Ancient Roman Glass Beads Found along the trade route passing from Europe through northern Africa, these ancient Roman glass beads are a treasure! The beads vary in size and shape and all show the beautiful pitting from being buried in the sand for centuries. The beads are strung and knotted on silk to show the individual coloration and surface textures of each bead. They are truly a timeless piece of jewelry for the collector! Necklace length: 16 1/2" #21318 $395
Cypro-Archaic Pendant/Bead; 700-500 BCE; Kourion, Cyprus Cylindrical agate bead or pendant mounted in gold for suspension, likely part of a necklace; cylindrical stone is pierced longitudinally for stringing; at each end is a gold cap made of hammered sheet gold, decorated with plain and beaded wire and rows of triangles formed with fine granulation, all soldered onto the sheet gold; the piercing holes are defined with rings of wire. Medium: gold, agate, soldered, hammered, filigree