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