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Bring home Jerusalem’s most spectacular secular souvenir

Sterling silver and Roman glass pendant

Of course Jerusalem is the place to shop for beautiful religious objects – including prayer shawls, gold crosses and sterling silver candelabra – but for something secular , find yourself a glittering piece of Roman glass. Dating back 2,000 years, these iridescent shards originate from fragments of glass vessels discovered in Israel, near the Mediterranean. The easiest way to bring home this ancient history is in a piece of jewellery – you can find rings, pendants and cufflinks in the Old City's Cardo or in the upscale Talbieh neighbourhood. But be patient until you see a piece you love – the best ones are simple and chunky, not bitty and overdesigned. Pieces start at about $135

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