Ancient Islamic Period Blue Glass Beads Necklace with Ancient Nila Beads and Karen Hill Tribe Fine Silver VBP319
This 25" long necklace is made of Ancient Blue Glass beads. These beads date from the 8-12 century AD, the period is known as Islamic or Byzantine. These kinds of beads are found in North Africa, and these particular beads were excavated in Mali. The ancient cities of Mali were the centers of regional commerce, with goods traversing the desert with endless caravans. Beads were used in trade for centuries, and the sands of the Sahara still yield bountiful supplies of ancient beads left from those times. Excellent illustrations and history of these beads can be found in a book by Augusto Panini, Middle Eastern and Venetian Glass Beads, pages 97-104, 111. ISBN-13: 978-8861301641.
The round large beads of translucent blue glass are 12-16 mm in diameter. The smaller translucent spacer beads are ancient as well, also excavated in Mali. They are frequently referred to as Nila beads. The bead caps and clasp are oxidized sterling silver.
The last three photos of this listing show how these beads look when found. They are then cleaned by a laborious careful process, and you can see the before and after cleaning in the last two photos. It is not totally clear whether the blue beads without evil eyes were like that initially, or whether the evil eyes on these beads have not been preserved with time. In any case, they are beautiful and mysterious.
Marvelous experience purchasing from this shop: beautiful necklace, great communication, and fast dispatch and delivery! Would absolutely shop here again!
I love my new necklace! Exactly what I was looking for - authentic vintage moroccan berber khamsa pendant and beads tastefully combined. Had also very good experience with contacting the store with an inquiry that was answered promptly and in satisfactory manner. Would not hesitate to purchase from this store again! Thank you.
I purchased it as a gift and got many thanks! It is simply beautiful
I liked my necklace in person even better than on the website! It's so well done! Attention to detail is unbelievable! And this is exactly what I look for in my jewelry: I like it when everything including a clasp is artistic and high quality! I am coming back for more...
This necklace is so tasteful. I bought it as a gift but decided to keep it for myself!
Mexican Amber and Dominican Blu Amber, necklace and earrings Set, is beautiful !!!
Very light! I like very much !!!
Many thanks Anna!
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Thank you so much my wife loved it better than expected.
first of all, WOW, I am really happy with this necklace, more than imaginable; CROSSROADS continue to spread your light and wings with these beautiful pieces. God Bless.
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Finally received the earrings and they do not dissapoint.
Pale pink coral that goes with my other necklaces and a lot more. Thank you for your extra effort.
This 18' necklace is the last of the set, and I am so glad that I purchased it. Is beautiful with the pink coral and the silver accents, is a combination that I can wear in different ways. Very satisfied with the workmanship and quality of these pieces. Thanks.
Gorgeous necklace, really excited to wear it for special occasions!
Just received my necklace, This is exactly what I need to start 2021. My favorite combination of colours : bright orange and dark green. Nicely done! This is not just to show it off on my black cashmere turtleneck, I can hold it in my hands , look at it and enjoy it.
Anna (seller) was very accommodating, answered my questions and provide extra pictures of the necklace for me. Thank you Anna!
I purchased a second necklace to add to a previous one from this seller. The craftsmanship and beauty of the coral and pearls combined with sterling silver gives it antique-like effect that I love. Fast shipping and impecable packaging. Thanks.
Beautiful and artfully designed necklace. Love the pearls and the silver combined with the coral. Fast shipping and great connection with the seller.