Replica Birka beads with Sterling Silver spacers.

$40.00

Materials: Glass (handmade), sterling silver beads (spacers), leather cord.

Beads - Up to 1.27 cm by 1.27 cm // 0.5 inches by 0.5 inches (3mm // 0.12 inch hole)

Necklace Length - is adjustable and will fit all sizes.

This striking necklace is designed with sterling silver and handmade glass beads (crafted in the traditional way) in colors and designs replicating those from Viking and Iron age Birka!

The solid sterling silver spacer beads are crafted with an ancient technique of granulation, where each textured dot is hand placed, and the beads are handmade and annealed for strength and durability.

This necklace includes red, blue, black, and white solid beads as well as a stunningly beautiful and detailed central bead. They are all strung on a genuine leather cord, as the Vikings would have done.

This central bead is exactly like those found at many ancient archaeological sites, and the concentric rings of color have been theorized to exemplify the “evil eye” motif commonly seen during this time period around Europe.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

**Want to design your own necklace?? My shop sells individual handcrafted beads of all colors, and shipping will always be combined. Create your own anciently beautiful design!

More about Glass Beads:

Silver shines and gold gleams, but glass was also one of the most valued treasures of the ancient world! Celtic, Scandinavian, and Mediterranean cultures extensively created and traded these colorful accessories with each other.

After the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 B.C., glass became more scarce, and thus in higher in demand and worth more. Shards were painstakingly collected and pillaged so they could be recycled into new beads.

Single beads were buried with Viking warriors next to their weapons, and some were strung around their necks alongside their Mjölnir amulets. And they were special enough to be passed down for generations.

What about colors?

During the Viking Age, the most popular glass bead colors in male graves seemed to be red, green, and white (in that order). They were used for trade, ritual, and as status symbols.

Upon settling Iceland, blue and green glass beads were produced extensively. Even ancient Egyptian glass beads of brilliant blue were worn by Bronze-Age Scandinavians. (And are thought to be created by King Tutankhamun’s jeweler himself!)

Of course, Viking women collected and wore many glass beads of all colors. They adorned their belts with them, wore them in strings as necklaces, or (most commonly) hung them between their turtle brooches.

Embellishments of bead shapes and patterns of contrasting dots, lines, and zig-zags all added to the diversity and beauty of these precious objects. Sometimes the Vikings even added gold and silver foiling!

Shipping from United States

Processing time

3-5 business days

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 1 hours of purchase

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

Fun little fact about us we always wrap up everything we sell like a present so it always feels like your getting a gift in the mail and get to enjoy tearing open the paper and anticipation to see how awesome your new item is.

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lykos

Custom and personalized orders

If you are looking for a custom order just message me so we can figure out details!

Care instructions

If your leather is feeling a little dry and stiff one of the best products you can ever apply is mink oil paste or "leather fat", a light coating will soften, protect and even help repel water

Wholesale availability

If you are looking to buy wholesale i start discounts at 25 items i also help with viking weddings and would be happy to work with you on what ever your looking for.

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