Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lovely specimen featuring a combination of Amethyst crystals with Rhodochrosite. This is a very rare specimen from a small, obscure find at the Broken Hill Mine in Australia.

#jewelleryfacts365 157/365 Ancient Egyptian jewellery fact

Why were faience beads so common? They were cheaper and less labor-intensive to make than stone beads. Aside from personal use and daily wear they were used to create beaded netting to cover mummies. Most of the archaeological specimens come from burials. (source)

Bead net for a mummy
Department of Egyptian Antiquities: The final Pharaonic dynasties and the Ptolemaic period (circa 1069 - 30 BC)

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