Ref 1998

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Ref 1998

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  • This extraordinary cylinder bead, known as a medieval mosaic bead, originated somewhere in the Middle East. We know that this type of mosaic glass work, with its patterns and techniques, flourished mostly between the 7th and 12th centuries. The design of this cylinder displays a wide mix of skills: millefiori/mosaic, trailed, combed, fused glass rods. This cylinder is much like an amulet, worn to bring good luck and protection. It has been sealed at the top and bottom with an 18K gold plate. The cylinder, a rich blend of navy blue, scarlet, yellow and white, is 5 cm long and 18 mm in diameter. Under a magnifying glass, the mosaic work can be seen.

  • Hand carved natural lapis rectangles (22 mm x 16 mm), seemed to showcase this vivid cylinder. And as lapis comes from Afghanistan, the materiel seems all the more appropriate.

  • I have added dark scarlet coral discs (11.6 mm) to echo the red mosaic.

  • Two vintage, (now rare) handmade beads from Afghanistan (15.5 mm) flank the cylinder. And at the end, there are two more of these beads, (7.7 m). Using their traditional techniques, the Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.

  • I have used a vermeil toggle clasp. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 52 cm.