Antique Egyptian Turquoise Jewelry
have excavated the earliest Turquoise Jewelry known in the world.
It was uncovered at the
Rings and necklace with Turquoise Beads, Carnelian Beads, and other great beads, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 2000 B.C.
Egyptian; From the tomb of Wah, western Thebes
and linen thread; blue-glazed steatite and linen thread; carnelian,
turquoise beads, moss
agate, amethyst, milky quartz, green-glazed steatite, and twisted linen
cord; L. of scarab 1 in. (2.6 cm)
The single barrel bead of high-quality carnelian and the scarab of blue-glazed steatite were both found in the palm of Wah's left hand. The small length of linen thread attached to each suggests that they were intended as rings, but they probably served as funerary amulets, not as jewelry worn during life.
The lovely, asymmetrical beaded necklace, though perhaps a piece of personal jewelry, seems to have been restrung for the funeral, since the linen cord shows no sign of wear. The egyptians loved their beads, especially turquoise beads.
The Solid Gold Mask of Lady Tjuyu inlaid with turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian and colored glass. It is thought that Yuya and the Lady Tjuyu, whose mask is shown on the right were the parents of Amenhotep III's principal wife Queen Tiye and were thus allowed the privilege of a burial in the royal valley.