NEW! Artemis Necklace with ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS BEADS
My "Artemis" collection was inspired by the Greek Goddess of hunting, the wilderness and wild animals! Initially it began with Peruvian Opals in the design, but I've since created a few variations and this is the latest - ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS BEADS!
Artemis, in ancient Greek religion, was the goddess of wild animals, the hunt, vegetation and of chastity and childbirth. (She was identified by the Romans as Diana.) Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and was the twin sister of Apollo. Among the rural populace, Artemis was the favorite goddess! Her character and function varied greatly from place to place but behind all forms lay the goddess of wild nature who danced, usually accompanied by nymphs in mountains, forests, and marshes. Artemis embodied the sportsman’s ideal, so besides hunting game she also protected game, especially the young; this was the Homeric significance of the title "Mistress of Animals".
Artemis is most often depicted with a hunting bow.
Equal parts feminine and badass warrior, this design for the Artemis earrings and necklaces features a hammered brass curved "bow", with Ancient Roman Glass beads in line forming the "string".
Roman glass is the result of a stunning piece of historic craftsmanship dating back 2,700 years to the time of the Roman Empire. Before then, glass was available only to the wealthy and was manufactured by core forming, casting, cutting and grinding. With the invention of the glass blowing around 50 BC, glass instantly became available to the less wealthy public. The Roman glass industry rapidly developed over a couple of generations during the first half of the first century A.D. Glass vessels became commonplace throughout the empire and were exported to places as far away as Scandinavia and the Far East. The people of the Roman Empire used more glass than any other ancient civilization.
The same sands used to make the glass helped preserve it through the centuries, shaping and molding it into the beautiful pieces excavated today. Two thousand years of burial in minerals and soil combined with wind and weather has resulted in pigmented deposits on the surface of the glass. Through oxidation, the pigment has developed into beautiful patinas of blues and greens, although other rarer colors can still be found.
The width of the "string" of Roman Glass Beads is 1 3/16", the "bow" is 1 1/4" wide x 1 1/2" tall and is suspended on a 16" long oxidized sterling chain. Silver Heishi beads move freely along the bow, mimicking the arrow guide.