Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beading Back Before Time - Early Civilization

When in Rome.....

I have a beautiful strand of ancient Roman glass and a fun ceramic Roman
coin impression, so I started with those pieces as my inspiration for early
civilization.  I went onto Pinterest to research what authentic Roman jewelry
looked like.  I discovered lots of turquoise and blue tones as well as gold, never
silver.  I normally pair blue tones up with silver, so that became my first challenge.
Next choosing the glaze I wanted to use to capture the perfect blue tone would be
important.  I went with blue lagoon which has a green under tone.  It also looked
great with the Roman glass.  I also made some ceramic accent pieces in the same glaze.

I used butterscotch colored wax linen for my stringing material.  The gemstones
are Aventurine and I used some manufactured sea glass as well.  I really like
how the ceramic tubes give the necklace some width and the fun tassel accent 
under the Roman coin is playful.  I used gold tone spacer beads, waffle discs,
chain and a large lobster claw clasp.

Here is a close up of the ceramic Roman coin that I made and here are the
coordinating earrings.  I made leaf charms for the earrings because of the pattern
I discovered with the constant use of leaf designs by the Romans.

Thank you for following along with my Beading Back Before Time Blog
challenges.  If you'd like to learn more about me and my ceramic beads, please
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other blogs to see what other great jewelry designs of early civilizations.


  1. Beautiful Necklace and earrings. I love the colors.

    1. Thank you! I think this design turned out to be one of my favorites so far!

  2. Wow! What a pretty necklace, Michelle. Gorgeous colors <3

  3. Nice design and great ceramic elements. Those would totally sell!

  4. I LOVE the ceramic Roman coin! The colours you have chosen are beautiful, really regal looking, gemstones and sea glass what more could you want in a necklace! It's really wonderful!

  5. Beautiful Michelle. Love that ceramic coin you made. In fact, I love that you were able to make your own components for this. This was a fun challenge and you did a great job with this. Love it.

  6. Beautiful components and necklace, Michelle! You captured the Roman glass shade in the blaze perfectly! :)

  7. Nicely done! Its great you had so much fun creating for this time period!