DescriptionA string of beads in the Museum’s collection, made of carnelian, moss agate, milky quartz, glazed steatite, and black and white porphyry (Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, ca. 1981–1975 B.C.) came from the tomb of Wah in Thebes, Upper Egypt. This original necklace forms the basis for our elegant beaded drop earrings.
18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with carnelian, turquoise, and white jade beads. Imported. 1 3/8''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.
- 18K gold overlay, hand enameled, with carnelian, turquoise, and white jade beads
- 1 3/8''L
- Pierced, with gold-filled wires
Art HistoryAncient Egyptian craftsmen were fortunate to have access to a wide array of materials that were used in jewelry making. Gold, silver, and semiprecious stones such as turquoise, carnelian, and amethyst were mined in Egypt and Sinai. The only commonly used gemstone that had to be imported was lapis lazuli, which originated in Afghanistan and traveled along trade routes through the ancient Near East to Egypt. Finely worked pieces of jewelry were placed in the tombs of the royal family and high- ranking officials.