The Ancient World...
The ancient world was far flung and full of mysteries, legends, adventures, romances, and battles won and lost...  and eons later we are still excavating the reminders of those times...  All the antiquities listed below are guaranteed to be authentic, and dated as best as we possibly can... and please remember to hit "reload" each time you visit the page...
(and you can see some more ancient beads on the "Southeast Asia" page as well.)
 Reference books cited here are:
"the History of Beads:  from 30,000 B.C. to the Present" by Lois Sherr Dubin
"Beads of the World" by Peter Francis
"Collectible Beads:  a Universal Aesthetic" by Robert K. Liu
"Magical Ancient Beads" by Jamey D. Allen

ancient beads   AN556.   I finally have affordable strands of ancient beads again - they are very difficult to come across.  These beads have a combination of materials to them, all in creamy colours.  There is glass, shell, ivory, stone and bone.  Some of the glass beads are actually another colour but have a coating on them from burial.  Every one of these strands has its own personality.  Strand #1 is 10 inches from top to bottom in the photo and has 17 inches of beads on it plus pendant.  You can calculate the length of the others by comparison.  $150.US/each   (#3 & #6 are available, the others are sold)
ancient glass beads   AN557.   This is a group of delicate glass tubular beads in a creamy colour accented by seed beads of various colours.  Strand #1 has 17 inches of beads plus pendant.  $100.US/each   (#5 is sold, the rest are available)
ancient glass gold beads   AN558.    Here is a group of "gold" glass ancient beads.  I was very lucky to find a trove of ancient beads to be able to offer them at a reasonable price.  These are all real, none are copies.  There are 18 inches of beads on strand #1.  These can show off a small pendant beautifully.  $150.US/each   (#2 & #3 are available - the others are sold)
ancient beads   AN559.   Here is a mix of materials in these strands of ancient beads - quite a lot of shell with some stones and some glass, differing on each strand.  Strand #1 has 18 inches of beads plus pendant.  There are some very nicely shaped beads accenting the strands as well.  $145.US/each   (#1, #2 & #4 are available)
ancient glass beads   AN560.   I haven't had fat ancient beads like these for years.  What a treat!   Strand #1 is black and the other strands are blue, darker than in the photo.  These caught the light when I was photographing them so came out brighter than they really are.  There are interesting shapes and textures among the strands.  Strand #1 has 17 inches of beads plus pendant.  It even has one raised eye bead (3 eyes) close to the pendant.  $135.US/each   (#1 is sold)
ancient glass beads   AN561.   These black beads are all ancient glass.  Strand #1 is 17 inches around.  $120.US/each strand   (#1 is available, #2 is sold)
ancient glass beads   AN563.   There are two colours of ancient glass beads in this photo - grey and cream.  Do specify which you would like .  They average 21-23 inches in length.  $75.US/each strand   (2 grey strands are available, the rest are sold)
ancient bronze   AN564.   Here are two ancient bronze fittings, perhaps for a belt used with horses?  I buy only the ones that can work as pendants and these both have very big loops on them.  Pendant #1 is 1 5/8 inches tall - $55.US, and #2 is 1 3/4 inches tall - $55.US.    (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
ancient bronze   AN565.   The first ancient bronze fitting on the left looks like the remains of a hinge.  There are two spaces under the top tube to use for stringing.  1 1/2 inches tall - $60.US.   Pendant #2 has a hole at one end which can be used for stringing.  There are spaces within the design that would work too with some imagination.  #2 is just under 1 3/4 inches tall - $65.US.
ancient bronze   AN566.   There are two smaller ancient bronze fittings here which can be used as pendants.  Pendant #1 is slightly over 1 1/2 inches tall.  One of the spaces that you see in the pattern canbe used for stringing - $45.US.   Pendant #2 is 1 1/8 inches tall.  At the top it has loops (they don't close) and at the other end are two holed pieces that stick out - perfect for hanging - $40.US. 
ancient beads   AN569.   Here is another group of ancient glass beads that I strung together from my work boxes (the tubular one is stone).  They look gorgeous together, some pale and some with a highlight.  The incised pale green glass bead on the bottom strand to the left is a seal.  It has a flat side with a triangular shape of stripes on it.  Tiny as it is 5/16 inch in diameter.  The largest bead that looks like a donut is 5/8 inch across.  There is a beautiful (tiny again) blue & aqua four sided bead as well.  The strand is 5 1/8 inches long.  $200.US.
Sassanian seal   AN570.   This is an ancient Sasanian seal bead - genuine, not one of the many copies that are for sale now.  (I have more seals on my Collections page)  The bird image stamps out beautifully if you try it on regular or modelling clay.  Since these pieces are beads they work beautifully as the central piece of a necklace.  This one is a little more than 5/8 inch in diameter and carved from a warm dark brown stone.  The Sasanian empire ocurred in ancient Persia from 224CE to 651CE and was a world of high culture that created influences in art, poetry, architecture, etc. that are still strong today.   $320.US.
ancient coin earrings   AN574.   This pair of earrings made with bronze ancient Roman coins have a beautiful deep aqua green/blue gemstone.  The coins are set with sterling silver, and the earrings measure just under 1 1/2 inches tall.  I bought this group a number of years ago and am selling them at the old price.  $75.US
ancient coin earrings   AN575.  
This pair of earrings made with bronze ancient Roman coins have a beautiful deep garnet coloured gemstone.  The coins are set with sterling silver, and the earrings measure 1 1/2 inches tall.  $75.US
ancient coin earrings   AN576.   This pair of earrings made with bronze ancient Roman coins have a beautiful deep pink facet gemstone.  The coins are set with sterling silver, and the earrings measure just under 1 1/2 inches tall.  $75.US
ancient coin earrings   AN577.   This pair of earrings made with bronze ancient Roman coins have a beautiful blue facet gemstone.  The coins are set with sterling silver, and the earrings measure just under 1 1/2 inches tall.  $75.US
ancient coin pendant   AN578.   There are two pendants set with ancient Roman coins shown here, with #1 being just under 1 3/8 inches tall and set with an oval pale blue gemstone - $65.US.   Pendant #2 is 1 3/8 inches tall and set with a round very deeply coloured facet garnet gemstone - $65.US.
ancient carnelian beads
   AN580.   Ancient carnelian beads out of Afghanistan - 17 inches long - $250.US.   (sold)
ancient carnelian beads   AN581.   Ancient carnelian beads out of Afghanistan - 13 inches long - $135.US.   (sold)
ancient carnelian beads   AN582.   Necklace of ancient carnelian beads out of Afghanistan - 16 inches of beads plus 1 1/5 inch long pendant.  (pendant is made of 3 beads) - $385.US.
ancient beads carnelian faience   AN584.   I have two strands of ancient beads here, both including carnelian and faience.  There is a close-up on the full size photo.  Strand #1 is 29 inches long - $165.US.   Strand #2 is 22 inches around with a central carnelian stone 1/2 inch across - $155.US.   (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
ancient ring  
AN585.   This ancient Roman ring must have had some sort of stone or stamp in the center of this ring.  It is bare but looks great with the dot in the middle.  The ring band is a bit flattened rather than round - it was probably under some pressure when buried.  It is a size 6.5.  $45.US.
byzantine pendant   AN586.   This piece might have been part of a buckle or a piece on a strap but would work as a great and interesting pendant since it has a stringing hole at the top.  The cast bronze piece has a great patina created by long age and burial.  It has not been fully cleaned so still has dirt on it from where it was found in Bulgaria.  It measures 3 inches from top to bottom and is 2 1/8 inches wide.  It has a strap across the back.   $68.US.   (sold)
tiny ancient bird   AN587.   This is a tiny bird that would have sat at the end of a fastening pin.  It is ancient (probably from Luristan), made or bronze and patinated.  It measures slightly over 3/4 inch long.  If you are a silver worker it could be set into a piece, making a great focus.   $25.US.
ancient Roman ring    AN336.  This ancient Roman ring is about a size 4 but not really for wearing.  It has a tiny carved seal within it - a profile portrait against clear glass.  It is amazingly small about 5/16 inch long.  This is an amazing piece for a collection.  I haven't done anything to try to clean the ring itself but it seems to be bronze.  $225.US.  
ancient Islamic glass bead    AN341.  This Islamic bead from the Iran area is recently excavated.  It is not fully cleaned as you can see on the photo.  The local museum glass curator suggests that dirt be carefully brushed off but that ancient beads should not be washed.  The bead has clear white raised trails on it and the dark base of the bead has some glistening colour from age peeking through.  The bead is slightly longer than 7/8 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter.  It is a good clear example.   $195.US.
ancient Iran faience bead    AN342.   This fat holed faience bead is 7/8 inch across and 3/8 inch tall.  It is from the Persia/Iran area.   $35.US.

FOR THE COINS BELOW - IF YOU SEE THE PREVIEW SQUARE AT 1 1/4 INCHES TALL, THEN YOU WILL SEE THE COINS AT LIFE SIZE.  THE SECONDARY IMAGE IS AN ENLARGEMENT SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE DETAILS
ancient silver coinancie    AN351.   This is a silver Venetian grosso of the Doge Giovanni Dandalo.  AD1280-1289.  On the obverse is Christ enthroned and on the reverse is the Doge and St. Mark Papadopoli.   $75.US.  
ring with Constantinius II  AN361.   This is a beautifully made silver ring with an ancient coin as its centerpiece.  The coin is of Constantius II, Flavius Iulius Constantius minted in the 4th century A.D.  He was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman History.  The ring is 1 1/8 inch across from top to bottom in the image, and the coin is just under 5/8 inch across.  The ring is a size 8.   $75.US.
ring with Constantinius II coin   AN362.   This is a beautifully made silver ring with an ancient coin as its centerpiece.  The coin is of Constantius II, Flavius Iulius Constantius minted in the 4th century A.D.  He was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman History.  The ring is a little more than 1 1/8 inch across from the top to the bottom of the image, and the coin is just under 5/8 inch across.  The ring is a size 7.5.   $75.US.
ring with Constantinius II coin   AN372.   This is a beautifully made silver ring with an ancient coin as its centerpiece.  The coin is of Constantius II, Flavius Iulius Constantius minted in the 4th century A.D.   He was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman History.  The coin is just over 11/16 inch across.  The ring is a size 8.   $70.US.
THERE ARE MORE ANCIENT COIN PIECES FURTHER BELOW AS WELL....
ancient whorls   AN384.   Here are three stone spindle whorls carved in ancient times found in Anatolia.  The largest one is 1 1/8 inches across.  They can easily be used as beads.  The three beads were part of a collection and are sold together for  $225.US.

2 bronze Celtic beads   AN386.   These two Celtic beads are sold together.  The image is enlarged - the beads are actually just over 3/8 inch across and one is a little thicker than the other, both having a single hole going through.  The beads have the typical circle patterns on them (on both sides) and are made of bronze.  They each have a different shade of green tarnish to them.   They could easily be used to make a pair of earrings.  It is hard to date them but a few hundred years is certain.   $120.US/pair  
ancient metal seal bead   AN388.   This is a small rectangular seal bead, and I do mean "small".  It is 7/16 inches long, 3/8 inch wide and 5/16 inches tall.  It is lightly crusted with a patination, and age has made the patterns look quite vague.  I believe that the larger images are figures of people judging by the moulded image, but I don't know.   $65.US.
mix of glass beads   AN389.   These two strands of beads were put together by the same bead artist with beads that all look excellent together.  (unfortunately they are on fishing line and need restringing with nice clasps as well)  I did not want to separate them and will only sell them as a pair.  The central bead of the top strand is a "morfia" made between the 9th and 11th centuries possibly in Fustat, Egypt (5/8 inch long - 15mm - and 5/8 inch in diameter).  The beads were made of twisted polychrome glass rods.  These beads are highly prized in Mauritania constantly increasing in value.  The bead has 4 pitted holes on it - you can see two in the image to the left.  The other two are quite small - and even including that, this bead is in much better condition than many.  On that same strand are feather beads, then two yellow Islamic eye beads. They are in excellent condition, one being very colourful with red and turquoise "suns".  The next major beads are green oval Venetians with gold stripes and squiggles on them.  They are lightly worn so that the gold has faded a little.  After that is a range of Venetians in mixed condition, with gold/glass beads between, some ancient and some a hundred or so years old.  The green cornerless cubes are rather nice as well.  The back beads on the strand are ancient faience from Egypt.   On the lower strand is another oval Venetian with gold (13/16 inch long), millefiores from the twenties or so, spotted Venetians and more cornerless cubes.  The spacer beads are a mix of faience and glass which all seems to be ancient.   Strand #1 - 24 inches long.   Strand #2 - 22 inches long.      $750.US./for both strands sold together.
ancient pendant   AN393.   This bronze piece is probably an Islamic design (over 800 years old) that was probably originally some kind of belt ornament.  I has a very gentle curve to it, and graceful cut-outs.  There are no hanging loops but the top cut-outs can be used to put a cord through.  The piece is just under 1 7/8 inches across and 1 5/8 inches tall.  It has a great dark green patina to it - I do like to protect patinas by careful wear.   $150.US.
ancient metal pendants   AN394.   There are four pieces here.  #1 is a stamped bronze piece 1 3/8 inches tall with an interesting floral design on it.  It has no way to fasten it, but a piece could be glued against the back, perhaps a panel that allows a string to pass behind it.   $30.US.   #2 is the end of a Byzantine belt - the photo is of the rougher side, the other side is quite perfect.  The ending that the leather belt would be inserted into is open so that a thick ribbon or leather piece could be used again.  The piece is 1 5/8 inches tall and has a beautiful dark green patina to it.   $135.US.   #3 is a very typical Byzantine cross.  It seems that a zillion of these were made out of bronze in the 8th to 10th centuries--all with the same circles in the center and on the arms of each cross...  They are so similar that they could have almost been made from the same one mold - and were popular with a large proportion of people living then.   $150.US.   #4 is some kind of fitting that I can't quite decide on.  It has a beautiful pale green patina, is a little over 1 3/8 inches tall, has 4 stringing holes, and is flat on the back.   $65.US.   (#1, #3 & #4 are sold - #2 is available)
ancient bronze rings   AN403.   I have a series of ancient rings (almost all are bronze) which I collected 20 years ago or so.  They are wearable with one thing to keep in mind.  If they are worn often the patina (a coloured coating building up on the ring over many years) will wear down and the metal itself will show again.  It is best to maintain the patina as part of the history of the piece.  
Ring #1 has a nice dark green patina on it.  It has a very graceful Islamic shape to it with an "eye" shaped decoration at the front.  I like its grace and simplicity.  size 8.5   $185.US.    Ring #2 has a wide, flat top on it that has no decorations other than a simple dashed line around the edge of the oval.  behind that is a ridge which has small lines cut into it, almost like a shallow ruffle.  On the side of the oval which lies against the finger are lines radiating outwards from the center of the oval.  It is quite perfect.  size 8.5  $165.US.   Ring #3 is also made of bronze with a dark green patina.  It is a Byzantine piece with an attractive design on the front that makes me think of a star image.  It could have been used to sign documents on wax.  size 8.5   $165.US.
ancient bronze rings   AN404.   There are three more rings here, each of a distinctive style.  Ring #1 has a thick and well decorated band.  There are small bits of etching, relief and design all around the band culminating in a sprue decorated with a few diagonal lines.  The bezel of the ring is flower shaped and has a cross type design impressed into it with an engraver's tool. 
This was a silver woman's ring, probably Islamic, from the 11th Century or so.  size 6   $165.US.   Ring #2 is an eye ring - worn in Islamic countries to ward away evil.  This ring has an eye shaped bezel which has an etched design within the eye, which looks sort of like Arabic script, but isn't really.  It is probably a design that was originally derived from the decorative aspect of script...  There are also some lines of etching to each side of the center eye, and the low sprue in the back is decorated with a series of vertical lines.  size 8.5   $165.US.   #3 is very unusual Roman ring.  The cabochon is glass I believe (though it could be a pale peach/pink stone) with the image of a cow or steer on it.  Above that is written:  COS VII (a latin inscription).  Someone very knowledgeable in ancient coinage explained to me "The inscription COS VII means that the owner (could be an emperor) was consul 7 times. "COS" is short for consul. The consulship during the Republic was the highest office in the Roman world. (The appt. was only for 1 year to maintain checks and balances).  size 11   $250.US.   (#1 is sold)
ancient bronze rings   AN405.   There are two ancient rings here.  #1 is a flanged ring typical of early Roman ones.  The catalog of the British Museum collection of ancient rings illustrates a few similar types--often cast in gold, but also in silver and bronze.  This ring fits beautifully on one of the smallest finger of a woman's hand, and is surprisingly very comfortable.  It has a simple design carved into the circular bezel, which may be a very abstraced portrait. I would place this ring around the 3rd Century A.D.  size 5.   $195.US.   #2 is quite interesting in its construction.  It has a raised opening where a stone must have sat over a thousand years ago.  One could fasten in a correctly sized round cabochon.  I don't know what the hole across the ring is for, but think it looks great.  size 7   $110.US.
ancient bronze rings   AN406.   Ring #1 is bronze with the original blue glass stone sitting in it.  size 5.5   $95.US.   #2 is a bronze ring with a brown patina on it.  It has a centerpiece of a blue glass stone with an image carved into it.  It is too worn though to see what was pictured there.  The ring is oval so difficult to measure exactly.  approximately size 5.5   $125.US.   #3 is a silver oval ring - very traditional in Roman times - with a clear image of a standing figure carved into the red oval cabochon.  It is very tiny with an opening at the back and a size 3 or so.   $110.US.   (#1 & #3 are available, #2 is sold)
ancient bronze ring   AN408.   This is a heavy bronze ring made for one of the smaller fingers of a man's hand...  It has a dark green patination but one can see the brass underneath at corners.  There is some delicate etching around the bezel, and a simple pattern on the top, of two swirls meeting...  probably symbolizing harmony, balance, and perhaps infinity. The back of the ring where the original sprue was (the channel where the molten metal was poured into the original mold of the ring) still has a low remnant of the sprue which has been shaped and carved with a flower design.  This ring is a very collectible piece.  size 9.5   $350.US.
Byzantine cross   AN410.   This Byzantine cross from Bulgaria has only one hinge attached to the top portion of the cross so can't be hung upright as is unless you can attach something to the broken hinge - it does have two secure loops at the opposite end.  This would normally have been only the front half of the cross.  The hinge at the bottom would have attached the front to a nearly identical (but undecorated) back piece.  The loops at the top would have interlocked so that when a cord was passed through, the two sides would remain closed.  Inside this reliquary cross a pilgrim or a religious devotee would have placed items of devotional and spiritual importance.  These crosses are found broken more often than not, and continued to be highly valued and still worn in that state...  2 1/2" high   $350.US.  


THE ROMAN BRONZE COINS FEATURED IN THE JEWELRY PIECES BELOW ARE MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE IN REALITY THAN IN THE PHOTOS.  I DO HAVE SOME DIFFICULTY IN GETTING GOOD CLOSE-UPS OF SUCH DARK OBJECTS.  THEY ARE MORE DISTINCT AND PLEASING AND LOOK PERFECT IN THEIR SETTINGS...
  AN415.   This silver ring (image enlarged) has a bronze coin of Constantius II (Flavius Julius Constantius - Caesar, 323-337;  Augustus, 337 - 361 AD).  Constantius was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Gattle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman History.  Constantius took an active part in the affairs of the Christian church, he is not remembered as a restorer of unity, but as a heretic who arbitrarily imposed his will on the church.  Size 9.5.   $68.US.
  AN420.   This silver ring (image enlarged) has a bronze coin of Constantius II (Flavius Julius Constantius - Caesar, 323-337;  Augustus, 337 - 361 AD).  Constantius was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Gattle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman History.  Constantius took an active part in the affairs of the Christian church, he is not remembered as a restorer of unity, but as a heretic who arbitrarily imposed his will on the church.  Size 9.   $68.US.
  AN421.   This silver ring (image enlarged) has a bronze coin of Constantius II (Flavius Julius Constantius - Caesar, 323-337;  Augustus, 337 - 361 AD).  Constantius was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Gattle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman History.  Constantius took an active part in the affairs of the Christian church, he is not remembered as a restorer of unity, but as a heretic who arbitrarily imposed his will on the church.   Size 9.   $78.US.
  AN422.   This sterling silver ring (image enlarged) has a bronze coin of Constantius Gallus (Flavius Claudius Constantius Gallus 325/326 - 354AD) the son of Julius Constantius by his first wife Galla.  Gallus' paternal grandparents were Western Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus and his second wife Flavia Maximiana Theodora.  Julius Constantius was also a half-brother of Roman Emperor Constantine I, and thus Gallus was a first cousin of Emperors Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans.  Size 7.   $86.US.

IF YOU SEE THE PREVIEW SQUARES BELOW, 1 1/2 INCHES WIDE, THEN YOU WILL SEE THE PIECES ACTUAL SIZE.   When you click on the previews, most of the images have enlarged photos so that you can see more of the details.....

  AN423.   These silver earrings feature two different bronze coins.  One coin is of Valens and the other is of Constantius II.  From the top of the earwire to the bottoms of the coins the earrings measure 1 9/16 inches tall.   $138.US.
Valens (Flavius Julius Valens 364-378 AD) is credited with the commission of a short history of the Roman State.  This work, produced by Valens' secretary Eutropius, and known with the name Breviarium ab Urbe condita, tells the story of Rome from its founding.  According to some historians, Valens was motivated by the necessity of learning Roman history so that he, the royal family and their appointees might better mix with the Roman Senatorial class.  Valens was sometimes known as the Last True Roman Emperor.  His succesor was Theodosius I.
  AN424.   These silver earrings feature two different bronze coins.  One coin is of Valens and the other is of Constantius II.  From the top of the earwire to the bottoms of the coins the earrings measure 1 1/2 inches tall.   $108.US.
  AN425.   These silver earrings feature two different bronze coins.  One coin is of Constantius II and the other is of Valens.  From the top of the earwire to the bottoms of the coins the earrings measure 1 1/2 inches tall.   $128.US.
ancient Roman ring   AN446.   This ring features a coin of Valens - Flavius Julius Valens (364-378AD).  Valens is credited with the commission of a short history of the Roman State called Breviarium ab Urbe condita.  It tells the story of Rome from its founding.  He was motivated by the necessity of learning Roman history, that he, the royal family and their appointees might better mix with the Roman Senatorial class.  Valens was sometimes known as the Last True Roman Emperor.  His successor was Theodosius I.  Size 11.5.   $145.US.
ancient coin ring   AN447.   This size 10 ring has an interesting bronze coin sit into it.  This is a coin commemorating Romulus and Remus the traditional founders of Rome.  They appear in Roman mythology as the twin sons of the priestess Rhea Silvia with the god of war - Mars.  Romulus slew Remus ove a dispute about which one of the two brothers had the support of the local deities to rule the new city and give it his name.  The name they gave the city was Rome.  The twins suckling from the wolf are generally on coins from the Constantine era, circa 306-324AD as a commemorative issue representing the founders of Rome.   $160.US.
ancient coin ring   AN449.   This ring is a size 7 and set with a bronze coin of Licinius.  (Flavius Galerius Valerius Licinianus Licinius) (308-324AD)  Of Dacian peasant origin, born in Moesia Superior, Licinius accompanied his close friend the Emperor Galerius on the Persian expedition in 297.  Galerius elevated Licinius to the rank of Augustus in the west on November 11, 308.  He received as his immediate command the provinces of Illyricum, Thrace and Pannonia (the western half of the Roman Empire).   $84.US.
ancient coin ring   AN450.   Maximianus (Gaius Valerius Galerius Maximinus) (308-313AD)  He was originally a peasant named Daia, the nephew of Galerius, his predecessor.  He rose to high distinction after he had joined the army, and in 305 he was adopted by his maternal uncle Galerius.  He was raised to the rank of Caesar with the governments of Syria and Aegyptus.  In 308 after the elevation of Licinius to Augustus, Maximinus and Constantine were declared filii Augustorum (sons of the Augusti).   $128.US.
widows mite pendant   AN454.   Widows Mite set in silver.  See description above.   $88.US.
ancient coin pendant   AN457.   This pendant is of Constantinius II.  (Flavius Julius Constantius) (Caesar 323-337; Augustus 337-361AD)  Constantius was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman history.  Constantius took an active part in the affairs of the Christian church.  He is not remembered as a restorer of unity though, but as a heretic who arbitrarily imposed his will on the church.   $88.US.
ancient coin pendant   AN464.   This is a pendant of Valentinian I.  (Flavius Valentinianus) (364-375AD)  He was the Roman Emperor from 364 until his death.  Valentinian is often referred to as the "last great western emperor".  Valentinian's chief work was guarding the frontiers and establishing military positions.  Valentinian was a Christian but permitted liberal religious freedom to all his subjects, proscribing only some forms of rituals such as particular types of sacrifices and banning the practice of magic...   $68.US.
ancient coin pendant   AN469.   This is a pendant with a coin of Faustina the Elder.  (Annia Galeria Faustina)  Wife of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, Emperor from 138-161AD.  Throughout her life Faustina as a private citizen and an empress was involved in assisting with charities, the poor and sponsoring in the education of Roman children, particularly of Roman girls.  She founded a charity called Puellae Faustinianae or Girls of Faustina which assisted orphaned girls.  She can be viewed as one of the most moral, stable and respected empresses in the history of the Roman Empire.    $76.US.
ancient coin ring   AN502.   This ring features a coin of Constantine II.  (Flavius Claudius Julius Constantinius)  (337-340AD)  Son of Constantine the Great.  Joint emperor with his brothers Constantius and Constans.  Constantine II was involved in military expeditions from an early age.  In AD323 he took part in Constantine I's campaigns against the Samaritans.  Soon after the death of his half-brother Crispus in 326, at the age of 10, he was nominally put in command of Gaul.  Constantine II's generals apparently won a victory over the Alamanni.   Size 7.   $128.US.
ancient coin ring   AN503.    This ring features a coin of Constantine II.  (Flavius Claudius Julius Constantinius)  (337-340AD)  Son of Constantine the Great.  Joint emperor with his brothers Constantius and Constans.  Constantine II was involved in military expeditions from an early age.  In AD323 he took part in Constantine I's campaigns against the Samaritans.  Soon after the death of his half-brother Crispus in 326, at the age of 10, he was nominally put in command of Gaul.  Constantine II's generals apparently won a victory over the Alamanni.   Size 9.   $88.US.

ancient coin ring   AN505.   This ring has a bronze coin of Constantius Gallus (Flavius Claudius Constantius Gallus 325/326 - 354AD) the son of Julius Constantius by his first wife Galla.  Gallus' paternal grandparents were Western Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus and his second wife Flavia Maximiana Theodora.  Julius Constantius was also a half-brother of Roman Emperor Constantine I, and thus Gallus was a first cousin of Emperors Constantine II, Constantius II, and Constans.  Gallus was very good looking with soft blonde hair.  Size 10.   $128.US.  
ancient coin ring   AN506.   This ring is set with a coin of Licinius.  (Flavius Galerius Valerius Licinianus Licinius) (308-324AD)  Of Dacian peasant origin, born in Moesia Superior, Licinius accompanied his close friend the Emperor Galerius on the Persian expedition in 297.  Galerius elevated Licinius to the rank of Augustus in the west on November 11, 308.  He received as his immediate command the provinces of Illyricum, Thrace and Pannonia (the western half of the Roman Empire).   Size 11.   $148.US.
ancient coin bracelet   AN507.   The coin/button on this bracelet is of Valentinian I.  (Flavius Valentinianus) (364-375AD)  He was the Roman Emperor from 364 until his death.  Valentinian is often referred to as the "last great western emperor".  Valentinian's chief work was guarding the frontiers and establishing military positions.  Valentinian was a Christian but permitted liberal religious freedom to all his subjects, proscribing only some forms of rituals such as particular types of sacrifices and banning the practice of magic...  7 1/3 inches around.   $108.US.
ancient coin pendant   AN508.   This coin pendant is set with a Widows Mite.  (103-76BC Bibilical coins)  "And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury:  and many that were rich cast in much.  And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two Mites...  And he called unto him his disciples and saith unto them - Verily I say unto you that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  for all they did cast in of their abundance:  but she of her want did cast in all she had."  Mark 12:41-44   $88.US.
ancient coin ring   AN513.   This style of ring sold out quickly last time.  You flip the coin and it can be worn with either side facing upwards - when it is set aside it sits flat like in the photo.  This size 6 ring has a bronze coin of Valens.  (Flavius Julius Valens) (364-378AD)  Valens is credited with the commission of a short history of the Roman State.  This work, produced by Valens' secretary Eutropius, and known with the name Breviarium ab Urbe condita, tells the story of Rome from its founding.  According to some historians, Valens was motivated by the necessity of learning Roman history so that he, the royal family and their appointees might better mix with the Roman Senatorial class.  Valens was sometimes known as the Last True Roman Emperor.  His successor was Theodosius I.   $128.US.

ancient coin ring   AN514.   This style of ring sold out quickly last time.  You flip the coin and it can be worn with either side facing upwards - when it is set aside it sits flat like in the photo.    This ring features a coin of Constantine II.  (Flavius Claudius Julius Constantinius)  (337-340AD)  Son of Constantine the Great.  Joint emperor with his brothers Constantius and Constans.  Constantine II was involved in military expeditions from an early age.  In AD323 he took part in Constantine I's campaigns against the Samaritans.  Soon after the death of his half-brother Crispus in 326, at the age of 10, he was nominally put in command of Gaul.  Constantine II's generals apparently won a victory over the Alamanni.   Size 9.   $88.US.
ancient coin ring   AN515.   This style of ring sold out quickly last time.  You flip the coin and it can be worn with either side facing upwards - when it is set aside it sits flat like in the photo.   The size 6.5 ring is set with a coin of Valentinian I.  (Flavius Valentinianus) (364-375AD)  He was the Roman Emperor from 364 until his death.  Valentinian is often referred to as the "last great western emperor".  Valentinian's chief work was guarding the frontiers and establishing military positions.  Valentinian was a Christian but permitted liberal religious freedom to all his subjects, proscribing only some forms of rituals such as particular types of sacrifices and banning the practice of magic...    $138.US.
ancient coin ring   AN516.   This style of ring sold out quickly last time.  You flip the coin and it can be worn with either side facing upwards - when it is set aside it sits flat like in the photo.  This size 6 ring has a bronze coin of Valens.  (Flavius Julius Valens) (364-378AD)  Valens is credited with the commission of a short history of the Roman State.  This work, produced by Valens' secretary Eutropius, and known with the name Breviarium ab Urbe condita, tells the story of Rome from its founding.  According to some historians, Valens was motivated by the necessity of learning Roman history so that he, the royal family and their appointees might better mix with the Roman Senatorial class.  Valens was sometimes known as the Last True Roman Emperor.  His successor was Theodosius I.    $138.US.
ancient coin ring   AN517.   This style of ring sold out quickly last time.  You flip the coin and it can be worn with either side facing upwards - when it is set aside it sits flat like in the photo.  This size 6.5 ring is set with a coin of Gratian.  (Flavius Gratianus Augustus)  (375-383)  He was the eldest son of Valentinian I.  During his youth Gratian accompanied his father on serveral campaigns.  Upon the death of Valentinian in 375 Gratian's brother Valentinian II was declared emperor by his father's soldiers.   $118.US.
ancient coin ring   AN518.   This style of ring sold out quickly last time.  You flip the coin and it can be worn with either side facing upwards - when it is set aside it sits flat like in the photo.   This size 6 ring has a coin of Constantinius II.  (Flavius Julius Constantius) (Caesar 323-337; Augustus 337-361AD)  Constantius was the second of the three sons of Constantine the Great.  Constantius eventually met and crushed Magnentius in the Battle of Mursa Major, one of the bloodiest battles in Roman history.  Constantius took an active part in the affairs of the Christian church.  He is not remembered as a restorer of unity though, but as a heretic who arbitrarily imposed his will on the church.   $98.US.  
ancient ring top  
AN534.   broken top from ancient ring - portrait - $245.US.
ancient carnelian beads   AN536.   4 3/5 inches carnelian beads - $120.US. 
ancient carnelian   AN537.   group #1 - 3 1/2 inches long.  $160.US.   (#1 is available - the rest are now sold)
ancient pendants   AN540.   3 ancient pendants - the larger one on the left is 5/8 inch wide at the bottom.   $145.US.
ancient shell beads   AN542.   I have five strands of ancient shell beads here, with some containing stone beads as well.  These came out of Afghanistan.  Strand #1 has a little over 16 inches of beads on the strand.  The entire strand is 22 inches long but the important part is the beaded section.  The beads are $110.US/each strand
ancient shell beads   AN543.   Here are more shell beads that came out of Afghanistan.  Many of the pieces/beads are carved, some deliberately as necklace pieces and some are reused buttons or other practical pieces.  Strand #1 has 18 inches of beads on it.  The entire strand including the string part is 25 inches around.  The bottom rounded piece is 1 1/2 inches across.  The variety of colour, shape and carving is intriguing & charming on both strands.   $420.US/each strand
bracelets with ancient coins   AN550.   The two bracelets illustrated here are similar in style but priced differently because of the value of the ancient bronze coins which are their centerpieces.  They are both set in sterling silver with oval emeralds at the sides of the coins.   Bracelet #1 has a coin of Probus.  "Probus - Marcus Aurelius Probus (276-282AD)  At an early age he entered the army.  He was appointed governor of the East by Tacitus, at whose death he was immediately proclaimed his successor by the soldiers (276).  The reign of Probus was mainly spent in successful wars by which he re-established the security of all the frontiers.  The most important of these operations were directed to clearing Gaul of German invaders allowing Probus to adopt the titles of Gothicus Maximus and Germanicus Maximus." The bracelet is 8 3/4 inches from one end to the other.  It can be hooked shut at 7 1/2 inches and 8 1/2 inches. - $300.US   
Bracelet #2 has a coin of Licinius.  "Licinius - Flavius Galerius Valerius Licinianus Licinius (308-324AD)  Of Dacian peasant origin, born in Moesia Superior, Licinius accompanied his close friend the Emperor Galerius on the Persian expedition in 297.  Galerius elevated Licinius to the rank of Augustus in the West on November 11, 308.  He received as his immediate command the provinces of Illyricum, Thrace and Pannonia (the western half of the Roman Empire).  The bracelet is the same length as #1. - $350.US   (#1 is sold, #2 is available)
ancient turquoise beads   AN551.   I haven't had any of these perfect tiny ancient turquoise beads from the Middle East for quite a few years so I was happy to encounter them again.  You need to have patience to re-string these but of course whoever strung these already did a beautiful job with a fine double strand of thread.  Strand #1 has13 3/4 inches of beads on it.  The central pendant is made of two beads adding up to  5/8 inch tall.   $125.US/each strand   (#3, #5 & #8 are available - the rest are sold)
Roman bronze buckle  
AN552.   This is part of a Roman Buckle or perhaps a piece from a horse's harness.  It is made of bronze and nicely patinated in a dark green.  It has holes on the sides and on the top in the photo.  The bottom hole isn't pierced all the way through.  The piece is 1 inch by 1 3/8 inches.  This could be used as an interesting pendant.   $35.US.
silver byzantine coin   AN553.  I have two silver Byzantine coins here, both holed in antiquity.  I do not hole ancient coins and hope that others don't either, but keep them in their current form.  They are always beautiful with their fine lines and details portraying both Christ and the current emperor.   Coin #1 is 7/8 inches across.  $110.US.   Coin #2 is 3/4 inch across.  $95.US.
bronze   AN495.   Here is a sweet small bronze animal from Bactria C. 4th Century BC.  It has a pair of horns at the front and pair of ears behind so must be some type of deer.  It is holed across the chest to use as a pendant.  The creature had an accident hundreds of years ago which removed his front left leg but lost none of his charm.  The deer is 1 1/4 inches tall and slightly over one inch from tip of nose to tail.   $180.US.
ancient buckles   AN496.   These are all ancient bronze pieces from various digs in Europe which can be used to make rather interesting pendants.  #1 is a cone shaped piece with a single stringing hole - it is 2 inches tall.  #2 is a buckle 1 5/8 inches tall, and #3 is a little over 1 5/8 inches tall, flat, with a number of piercings to turn it into a pendant.   $28.US/each piece   (#2 is available, the others are sold)

ancient coin   AN484.   This is a very attractive ancient holed coin.  (holed in antiquity).  It is bronze and 1 inch in diameter.  I was originally told that it is a coin of the Crusades but truly know nothing.  If a coin researcher sees this, I would love to know exactly where the coin is from and what it represents.  $75.US.
ancient bronze pendant   AN485.   This ancient bronze buckle came out of Bulgaria.  It has a brownish patina on it, and will hang nicely as a pendant as it has a 3/8 inch long post behind the point at the top, with a hole going through it where the stringing cord could go.  It is attractively decorates with delicate little lines, still visible under the patina.  The piece is 2 inches tall.  $95.US.
ancient Roman hair ring   AN437.  Here is an interesting pair of hair rings from the Roman Empire.  After the amount of years that have passed it is not obviously clear what the metal is - it might easily be silver whose surface has changed after long burial.   There are some nice details of design on these pieces to give an attractive look when wound around curls or braids - elastic bands didn't exist close to 2000 years ago...   One of the loops has a little metal ring around it so perhaps something decorative was once attached.  The rings measure about 1 1/4 inches across.   $230.US/pair.
ancient agate gaming piece   AN/EA709.   Item #1 is an ancient agate bead with hole going through and remains of ancient patterns.  $155.US.  There are also three ancient gaming pieces - tall domes with flat bottoms made of agate - very charming and sculptural...   #2 - 7/8 inches tall and 1 1/8 inch across - $135.US.   #3 - 7/8 inch tall and 1 inch across with dot in the middle of the flat bottom - $125.US.   #4 - 7/8 inch tall and 7/8 inch across - $115.US.  They are fascinating to look into and to hold against a light.  They look very good in a display  case.
   AN190.   These are tiny silver coins, all less than 1/2 inch across.  You can see the images better in real life than on the scans.  All of the coins that I sell were holed in their own times, generally to be used in ancient jewellery...  Most of this selection is Greek and the artistry of the designers shows well in the coins.  #1 is from Macedon, Eion.  It is a silver Trihemiobol c. 480BC.  On one side it has a goose with its head turned back and a lizard laid above it.  On the back is an incuse square.  $40.US.    #2 is Hellenistic from the Carian Islands of Rhodes.  It is a hemidrachm dating from 408-394BC.  One one side it has the radiate head of Helios and on the other side, a rose.  The head of Helios lies on its side because of where the stringing hole is, and is very easy to see in real life - though confusing on the scan.  $75.US.  (sold)    #3 is from Macedonia, Neapolis.  It is a hemidrachm dating from 411-348BC.  On one side is a Gorgon head facing forward, and on the reverse is the laureate head of Artemis.  $75.US.    Coins #4 through #8 are from Thasos, and many used to be used strung together to make necklaces in ancient times.  They were about partying and about drinking.  The coins date from about 411-350BC and each show a Satyr kneeling and holding Kantharos which is a two handles drinking cup.  The reverse shows an Amphora which would be filled with wine.  The prices are:  #4 - $65.US,   #5 - $65.US  (sold),   #6 - $50.US,   #7 - $40.US,   #8 - $30.US  (sold). (#6 is the only coin available here)

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