Roman Glass from Afghanistan

Over 2000 years ago, Romans created glass by a manufacturing process involving iron which seeped into the glass itself. The bits of glass that were lost and buried for centuries were transformed via oxidation into a new glass-mineral called Roman glass. The most rare and valuable Roman glass sparkles with a variety of colors that are extra vivid. The vast Roman Empire covered the Middle East and Mesopotamia, where is now, among other modern countries, located Afghanistan, where this piece was found.

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 2,000 year old roman glass (Afghanistan) and 11ct natural navette-cut imperial topaz (Brazil) necklace, set in 18k yellow gold

2,000 year old roman glass (Afghanistan) and 11ct natural navette-cut imperial topaz (Brazil) necklace, set in 18k yellow gold

 

Here is a piece made from what must have been a handle to a pitcher. From history to gemstone!

A concave piece of antique Roman glass outlined in yellow sapphire pavé, and ends with a kite-shaped 22 ct citrine (Madagascar). Pendant is set in 18K gold and is suspended from a gold choker

 
Gem HuntingStowe Sprague