Glass beads were very popular and were hung between the two brooches at the collarbones. Amber beads tended to be rarer until later periods. The most common colours found are: Dark Blue, Yellow, Green, Red, Red-Brown, purple, orange, black, in order of highest first.

Beads from naturally occurring rocks such as rock crystal can also be found as well as Roman beads, Roman coins and other trinkets strung alongside the beads.

Buy handcrafted glass beads.

I make glass beads to 5th and 6th century designs, either general beads, based on patterns found in excavations or who series of reproductions such a the Empingham ones illustrated above. I will make to any picture or dig reports either individual beads or a set you chose !I also sell reproduction brooches similar to the ones on my brooches page to hang your beads from.

Want to try making your own glass beads ?

Back to Index

Copyright Melanie Wilson 1998/2000