Jewellery was a status symbol in ancient Greece and Rome, and to possess a complete a set of beads in such good condition is truly a rarity. To find out more about traditions concerning jewellery in the ancient world, please see the following article: http://antiquities.co.uk/blog/ancient-roman/ancient-roman-jewellery/
Greek Hellenistic gold and stone necklace
A stunning, restrung necklace of biconical lapis lazuli beads, accentuated with gold domed panels, and each with a loop to the reverse for suspension. The necklace features graduated discoid gold plaques, each set with a stunning polished stone (including garnet, amethyst, crystal, chalcedony, and aventurine). The necklace has been modernised with a new clasp for wear.
Provenance: UK art market, acquired prior to 2000.
Condition: Very good: restrung with modern clasp.