Ancient Egyptians held the color blue in high regard, particularly the semi-precious stone turquoise, valued for its rarity and bright blue radiance. Because turquoise was hard to mine, the Egyptians developed a process to produce an imitation stone in large quantities. This material is known as faience, which means “brilliant,” and was often blue or green, and shiny. Among the Museum’s collection of royal jewelry is a necklace of blue faience disk-shaped beads. This is a faience version of the “gold of honor,” a type of necklace given by the king to courtiers and officials for merit. The Egyptian Turquoise Disc Necklace is adapted from this original necklace.
Reconstituted turquoise discs. Hook and eye closure with 22K gold overlay. Necklace: approximately 20''L.