Roman Glass Pendant, Gold Vermeil, 3” diameter, Item 82
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Roman Glass Pendant, Gold Vermeil, 3” diameter, Item 82


Afghan Tribal Arts has been importing from Afghanistan and the region since the 1980’s. The focus is on vintage textiles and tribal jewelry as well as new gemstone beads made for jewelry designers. Clicking on the Shop on Etsy button will take you to our shop there where you can see what is currently in stock.


Roman Glass hit the market in a frenzy a few years ago. All of a sudden, “ancient” glass was being discovered and dug up all over Afghanistan. There is definitely a historical presence of Roman glass as well as Persian and Egyptian glass in the region, but the quantities and availability kind of make our eyebrows go up a bit…

This pendant: Huge piece of Roman Glass outlined in gold vermeil. Weighs 2.5 ounces.
Diameter: 3″, 7.5 cm.

Here’s a bit of history from Wikipedia:
“Roman glasswares were already making their way from Western Asia (i.e. the Parthian Empire) to the Kushan Empire in Afghanistan and India and as far Han Empire of China; the first Roman glass found in China came from an early 1st century BC tomb at Guangzhou.

In addition to this a major new technique in glass production had been introduced during the first century AD. Glassblowing allowed glass workers to produce vessels with considerably thinner walls, decreasing the amount of glass needed for each vessel. Glass blowing was also considerably quicker than other techniques, and vessels required considerably less finishing, representing a further saving in time, raw material and equipment. Although earlier techniques dominated during the early Augustan and Julio-Claudian periods, by the middle to late first century AD earlier techniques had been largely abandoned in favour of blowing.”

Beyond the Roman influence, glass blowing and techniques were a highly specialized art form through the middle east. This Wikipedia article has some nice images:

So, now we see necklaces similar to the one shown here coming out of Afghanistan and Pakistan and claiming to be thousands of years old. Hmmmm…. Have you been paying hundreds and thousands for Roman Glass? Here’s a hint: We think some talented artisans are reaching back into their own traditions and coming up with some pretty cool glass beads. You can get a fair deal here.


Afghan Tribal Arts specializes in handcut, unpolished beads from Afghanistan and the region. Working with artisans directly in the Peshawar region, your purchase helps support small workshops who work in traditions established over centuries in the Silk Road. Afghanistan has great wealth in its natural resources, including an endless variety of semi-precious stones. Unpolished stones take in the oils of the skin with wear and develop a deep patina over time.

Recognizing that these strands are more expensive than the dyed and commercial stones that flood the market these days, we encourage our customers to think of buying with other friends and splitting the strands or to buy quantity in order to save on shipping. Free shipping on orders over $100.

Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our shop here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!

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I have been importing from Central Asia since the 1980’s. Afghan Tribal Arts focuses on hand carved gemstones, beads, tribal jewelry, vintage textiles and nomadic carpets. We have a huge inventory of handmade crafts from around the world.

Our gallery is at 626 Broadway in Paducah, Kentucky, USA. We have a nice selection of beads and smaller items on Etsy: Visit us!

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