Egyptian Carnelian Poppy Flower Necklace with Gold
Carnelian, 20k gold
The necklace is 22 ¼ inches (56.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 37.4 gm.
A necklace of thirty ancient Egyptian carnelian poppy seed pods pendant beads, faced with gold granulated ring beads, and alternating with round carnelian beads also faced with gold granulated ring beads; with gold round beads alternating between the carnelian beads. A set of gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The poppy seed pod pendants are 1.2 cm – 1.35 mm in height and 5 mm – 5.9 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 1.2 mm. The round carnelian beads are 4mm in diameter and have drill holes of 1.2 mm. The gold spheres are 4.5 mm and the granulated ring beads are 2.8 mm. The gold is 20k and has been patinated to a reddish color as was sometimes done in ancient Egypt. Early forms of jewelry (by that I mean anything used to adorn the human body) in ancient Egypt used perishable items such as flowers, the hollowed out bodies of scarab beetles as well as shells, and rendering these forms in more permanent materials soon occurred. These poppy seed pod pendants are an excellent example and show the precision and consistency of their lapidary work. The carnelian is well chosen for its color and the forms are crisp and highly polished. The drill holes pass straight through the stems and are not drilled from each side to meet in the middle (as is the case in the Near East and Indian subcontinent). The carnelian beads are said to have come from Tel Amarna, from the time of King Tut-ankh-amun. This is the New Kingdom Period, Dynasty XVIII (1559 – 1353). The two other famous Pharaohs from this period are Tuthmosis III and Akhenaton.