the ancient roman glass pieces used in 'cosmicmoth jewelry" are more than 2,350 years old, dating their origins back to 350-150 B.C. they were found during the era of the "bactrian kingdom" in north central asia. the bactrian kingdom was essentially the heart of asia during its peak. throughout its time the kingdom prospered in wealth, knowledge and as one of the major trading centers of the ancient world. bactrians were years ahead of their time as a modern and innovative society, with accomplishments in industry, philosophy, human awareness and art. these ancient glass pieces were once beads, bottles, jars, cups, vases, perfume containers and decorative tiles. the blue colored glass was the rarest and most precious, mainly owned by the higher class. it was a secret amongst alchemists how to achieve the blue color. over the passing of time and from being buried under the ground the objects broke into pieces and began collecting earth mineral deposits. the deposits form unique colors, known to experts as patina. this patina is exceptionally radiant with an opalescent quality. some pieces sparkle in all rainbow colors.
Nearly 1,300 years ago, Vikings used long pieces of silver and gold wire to weave ropes. These woven wire ropes were then stretched and made into jewelry for famous and powerful Viking leaders. This wire weaving is called viking knit (or trichinopoly chain).
examples of this chain have been found in archeological sites in scandinavia and also in the british isles. many of these date back to at least the 9th and the 10th century- the time of the vikings.
the viking necklaces in the cosmic moth collection give a revival to this ancient technique. they are all hand made by eva with sterling silver wire.it takes between 6 and 10 hours of weaving according to the amount of loops and length of the necklaces to produce one piece. the more loops the tighter the weaves gets. double loop chains have the densest weave. eva takes great pride in paying homage to her ancestors by having this ancient technique in her repertoire.