Larp Viking Necklace Handcrafted Ooak Lapis Lazuli, Amber, Peridot, Bone Swsw

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Seller: cantusplanusjackie (423) 100%, Location: York, North Yorkshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 232763940017 Swanhilda's Sweets Reenactment Jewellery Viking Trade Routes Area VI: Chinese Silk Road All of Europe, ex-USSR States, Himalayan Area and China (Please see below for general information) YOU ARE NOW LOOKING AT 1 unique handcrafted Viking Age necklace containing a representative bead mix from lands directly or indirectly connected to the Chinese Silk Road All the gemstones in my collections are genuine,bought from reputable companies who can verify their origins.They are all natural, apart from a) Turquoise, which is treated to stabilise it; b) Baltic amber, which has been heated to stabilise the colour; and c) Dark amber, which has been heated to change the colour. Modern origin of material may differ from origin during the Viking Age.This is due to rarity, location of mines and other differences in availability in modern times. I have not included precious stones since they are, as always, very costly.No gemstone discovered later than the Viking Age has been included. I have used metals with no or very low lead content unless otherwise stated.The bone beads are made from recycled domestic cow boneand have been either bleached white or dyed.Reproductions or Replicas of archaeological finds are marked *RR* Each necklace is presented with a unique Pouchhand-stitched with re-enactment quality materialsa Leaflet tailored to your purchasegiving information on the Trade Routes representedand all the materials used Necklace 23Very Important Person(Originally listed at £24.99) Suitable for males Your unique Necklace contains: 1 Gold coloured (brass) wire torque with simple clasp modelled on clasp from a Viking hoard 10 large Carnelian beads 8 Lapis lazuli tubes Gold coloured (brass) rings with 12 Peridot heishi9 Baltic amber heishi (A grade, heated) Gold coloured (brass) twisted bail and Silver plated ring with white Bone Chinese eternity knot made from bleached, recycled cow bone (Bos taurus domesticus) finished with Lapis lazuli chips (A grade) Your unique Re-enactment quality Pouch is made from: Fine woven dyed linen with lapis lazuli and carnelian detail hand-stitched and embroidered with dyed linen and hemp thread Side seams are rolled in Oslo/York style, fastened with running stitch Finished with a double black leather thong drawstring and two glass tightening beads WarningSome jewellery contains materials that are soft or brittle (eg amber, glass and jet):It is therefore recommended that they should not be worn into battle. Please Note Many of the materials can be soft or brittle and every effort will be made to pack items safely Therefore I will not accept returns of an item damaged on receipt, nor give refund for item lost in the post, unless you have requested and paid for Signed-for Delivery in advance of dispatch Please contact me if you would like this service Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the necklace or to arrange a different delivery method. GENERAL INFORMATION Viking Trade Route Areas During the Viking Age (9th-11th Centuries AD) many farmers left their wife in charge of the farmstead or young men bursting with ambition said farewell to their parents and headed in all directions of the compass. They were looking for objects, land, animals and even human slaves to keep or sell on: anything to enrich their lives. As time went on many began to settle in the lands they visited and these farmer-warriors invited their families and friends to join them. They established firm trade routes, many of which linked them up to trade from lands they had never seen. Some even became professional merchants. Area I: IRISH AND NORTH SEA AREA British Isles, Eire, Scandinavia and Iceland The Vikings travelled by sea in ocean-going ships and continued up navigable rivers in smaller boats with shallower keel, carrying them across land between rivers where necessary. They sold pelts, wool and linen cloths, animals and slaves, and artefacts made from ivory (walrus), antler and bone, as well as the coveted Baltic amber and Whitby jet from their homelands. They would have traded their skills and knowledge too, in boat-building, carving, brewing, storytelling and in many other ways. Area II: AMBER ROAD All of Europe and Africa Baltic Amber was very highly prized outside Scandinavia: the Amber Road ran from the Viking settlement of Kaup ('Market') near St Petersburg, along the Rivers Vistula and Dnieper through the Baltic States and Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria/Hungary to Venice in Italy. From Italy there were trade routes to Greece and the ancient kingdoms of North Africa and beyond. Area III: VARANGIAN TRADE ROUTE All of Europe, Black Sea Area, Arabia The Russian Primary Chronicle records that the Swedish Rus settled in Novgorod (Old Norse Holmgarðr) in the year 862 CE under Rurik (although there may already have been a Scandinavian trading presence much earlier). The Norse called the area north of the Black Sea Garðaríki: they dominated its river systems and controlled the Varangian Trade Route. From 988 many young, strong Viking warriors joined the Varangian Guard: an elite personal bodyguard to the Roman Emperor in Miklagarðr (Byzantium/Constantinople, now called Istanbul). The Scandinavians called the Byzantine people 'Greeks' and this trade route is known as 'The Road from the Varangians to the Greeks.' It ran east from Gamla Uppsala, Sweden to the trading town called Aldeigjaborg in Old Norse or Staraya Ladoga in Old Slavic, which was on the Volkhov River, Russia. From there it ran south through the Rus' states to Kiev, then on through Khazar and Pecheneg territories, finally across the Black Sea to Miklagarðr. Area IV: VOLGA TRADE ROUTE All of Europe, ex-USSR States, Mediterranean Area, Middle East, India and Sri Lanka When the Swedish Vikings, called 'Rus' (most probably meaning 'Rowers'), traded eastwards on the Varangian Road to Staraya Ladoga, they also explored further east along the Volga River to the capital of the Bulgar people, then southwards along the Volga through Khazar territories to the Caspian Sea area and probably on through the Abbasid Caliphate and Samanid Emirate to link up with the ancient India Silk Road. Even if they did not get that far in person, their trade-goods would have been exchanged in these areas and exotic spices, silk, slaves etc would have been obtained. Area V: SPICE, INCENSE AND INDIAN SILK ROADS All of Europe, Africa, India and Sri Lanka) Exotic goods from the African and Indian continents would have been attractive to the Vikings. The Varangian and Volga trade routes would give access to the Mediterranean Sea and southern routes via portage and ancient canals built by the Egyptians and Persians between the Nile and the Red Sea. These opened up North Africa (and the African Interior) and there were also routes into the Indian sub-continent including the ancient India Silk Road, from where frankincense, cinnamon and other spices, silk, slaves, etc could be obtained, probably at vast expense. Area VI: CHINESE SILK ROAD All of Europe, ex-USSR States, Himalayan Area and China Chinese silk has been found in archaeological excavations in Viking contexts and it is possible that Vikings might have reached as far as China themselves: we know from runic inscriptions on memorial stones in Scandinavia that some people made an expedition 'to the East' and never returned to their homelands. China could have been accessed from a known trade route leaving Atil, capital of Khazaria, which lay on the Volga River north of the Caspian Sea, or else via an ancient trade route north of the Himalayas. Area VII: VINLAND ROUTE Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and Northern USA The Icelandic Sagas tell us that Vikings from Iceland explored and made two settlements in Greenland: it is known that these lasted until the late Middle Ages. In addition, it is now certain that the Vikings reached the North American Continent, establishing a settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, at the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, Canada. Jasper was used by the Vikings to make fire-strikers, a precursor to the tinder-box. Examples have been found at L'Anse aux Meadows and using INAA (Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis) these have been shown to originate in Iceland and Greenland. Other finds at this site appear to have come from North Central Newfoundland, Baffin Island and Labrador. Archaeological evidence suggests that the Viking settlement in Canada survived only a few winters and the Sagas indicate that the explorers eventually returned eastwards. However, they may have explored and exchanged goods with Inuit and First Nations groups and obtained items from far afield in Greenland and the Americas. Viking Status Groups UNFREE Slave or Servant (normally would not have worn jewellery) FREEHOLDER Smallholder, fisherman, minor merchant and family PROMINENT PERSON Major landowner, merchant, warrior and family VIP Royalty, Jarl, Chieftain, Champion, Skald, Goþi/Gyþja Condition: New, Brand: Swanhilda's Sweets, Type: LARP, Sub-Type: Viking Re-enactment, Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom, Viking Trade Routes: Area VI (Chinese Silk Road) VIP, Hand-crafted: Unique

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