Turquoise and Jewelry Learning Center Turquoise Jewelry Home
Turquoise Bead Jewelry

Antique Egyptian Turquoise Jewelry

Vintage Turquoise Jewelry Breaker

Archaeologists have excavated the earliest Turquoise Jewelry known in the world. It was uncovered at the
cemetery of the royal tombs, in upper Egypt at Abydos. Gold and Turquoise necklaces, bracelets, beads and other items, are now in the Cairo Museum. These items from approximately 5500 B.C.
Turquoise was so highly prized by the Egyptians it was used in the solid gold inner coffin of King Tut!

King Tut's solid gold mask with turquoise, lapis, obsidian, and carmelian  inlay

On the right - King Tut's circlet found on the mummy - made of solid gold, carnelian, Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli.

King Tut's solid gold coffin with turquoise, lapis, obsidian, and carmelian  inlay

King Tut's Solid Gold Mask Inlayed with Turquoise, Lapis, Carnelian, Onyx and Colored Glass.

The more impressive inner coffin of King Tut - Solid Gold and inlaid with Turquoise and other colored gemstones.

Solid Gold Vintage Turquoise Jewelry from King Tut

King Tut Solid Gold, turquoise, lapis, carnelian, obsidian inlaid jars
King Nebkheperura Tutankhamun remains the most famous of all the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, but in fact he was a short lived and fairly insignificant ruler during a transitional period in history. Little was known of him prior to Howard Canter's methodical detective work, but the discovery of his tomb and the amazing contents it held ultimately ensured this boy king of the Immortality he sought. As you can see this mask, inner coffin, head circlet, and embaulment jars which are covered in Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, TURQUOISE, and colored glass. They are made entirely of solid GOLD!!

Carnelian, Turquoise,  Moss Agate, Amethyst, Milky Quartz, steatite Necklace

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

Carnelian 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.

Gold mask inlaid with turquoise, lapis, carnelian, and colored glass

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.

Back to the top


For Email Marketing you can trust
Turquoise Bracelets  
Earrings with Turquoise
Turquoise Pendants
Turquoise Rings
Turquoise Necklaces
Gold Turquoise Jewelry
Specialty Turquoise Jewelry
Turquoise Cabochons
Vintage Turquoise Jewelry
Turquoise Jewelry Design Portfolio