Come see my beautiful jewelry. It's guaranteed to please your mate or
yourself. Buy for that special occasion. My items come from a workshop with
the best goldsmith, lapidary and cutter, bead maker and stone setter in the
area. Some say the Middle Kingdom had the best jewelry, but they're wrong!
I have amulets and pendants, anklets,
armlets and bracelets, belts/girdles,
diadems, wig and hair ornaments, earrings, finger rings,
necklaces, which include stringed necklaces,
and broad collars. I also have honorific jewelry, plenty of beads
and samples of raw materials. I have the finest jewelry-makers,
neshby, who shape stone into inlays, and the finest bead-makers, iru weshbet,
and bead collar stringers, seti nub.
Amulets (wedjau) and Pendants - these come with
or without necklaces
|Most amulets can come in metal, wood,
faience, terracotta, or stone. Can wear as a pendant.
|Scarabs, a favorite - for good luck
and protection - Comes in stone, wood, metal, schist, steatie. In several
|Eyes of Horus - for good luck and
|Ankhs - for life
|Djed columns, on cord or necklace-
for stability - Comes in glazed stone, faience, gold, gilded wood, or lapis
|Lion - (17th dynasty)
|Fly amulets - of gold and ivory (NK
Egypt, MK Nubia)
|Fish amulets - nekhnu - in hollow
gold, silver, electrum, or with inlay work. Or flat green stone with inlay.
For protection against drowning.
Bull mosaic pendant - influenced by exotic Keftiu (MK)
Not so popular, but I have a few.
Cockleshell-shaped with double loop-in-loop gold chain
Five-pointed star in center
Anklets - Menefret
Amethyst bead (MK)
Armlets and Bracelets - Menefret For the Arms (net
- or Iryt Awy ("appurtances of the arms")
Hinged (solid and heavy, but the new fashion! Wear them in pairs on your
Inlaid heraldic armlet (NK)
Silver inlaid with butterfly designs (4th dyn)
Lapis Lazuli and hollow gold balls, turquoise beads and gold triple ring-bead
'Auau bracelet (new in NK!). Also called awaw.
Hollow sheet-gold (18th dynasty)
Gold awaw with rope-braid wire (18th dynasty)
Gold awaw with double rope-braid wire (18th dynasty)
Heraldic armlet - made to order
Rigid hinged bracelet of 2 interlocking semi-cirular gold bands (NK)
Mesketu bracelets (new to NK). Convex profile.
Beaded belt with gold bucklet with person's name (12th dyn)
Diadems, Wig and Hair Ornaments
Open-work diadem inlaid with precious stones (MK)
Gold wig ornaments shaped into flowers (12th dyn)
Earrings (New in NK!)
(In Nubia by MK times)
Said to come far from the East originally, earrings (and collar necklaces)
are the fashion accessory of our time.
Gold with lapis lazuli bezel
Stirrup-shaped signet rings - in gold or silver (NK)
Scarab rings - a favorite! I have scarabs of :
turquoise, lapis lazuli, cornelian, and green stone
lapis lazuli, turquoise, amethyst and glazed composition
Wear a string of beads over a broad collar, or by itself.
Fine chain of looped 6-ply wire (NK)
Chokers - gold and faience discs
Bead necklace, various, amulet is extra - when you want to look like a woman
from the Old Kingdom
Gold and lapis lazuli cylinders
Gold and cornelian beads
Silver and green quartz, spherical beads
Hollow gold spheroids
Blue-green glazed balls
Barrels and cylinders of cornelian, moss agate, milky quartz, black and white
porphyry, green glazed steatite.
Double lapis lazuli beads with 2 gold spheres in center of each string
Pectorals - Wedja
Often glazed blue or blue-green, for all classes (NK)
Key-hole design with trapezoidal pendant and broad bands of gold beads
Inlaid with cornelian, lapis lazuli and turquoise, with falcons topped by
sun-discs standing on a patterned bar/ocean. Gold balls and drop beads of
gold, cornelian, and turquioise.
Openwork gold pectoral with cloisons inlaid with lapis lazuli, cornelian,
and turquoise. With double crown. Gold ball beads, and long drops of turquoise,
lapis lazuli, cornelian, and gold.
Inlays of cornelian, lapis lazuli, and turqoise.
Broad collars - Wesekh, Weskhet, Usekh
A must for all classes now! (Only for upper classes in the Old Kingdom, you
know). Cylinders of graded sizes, with or without outermost row of pendants
or outermost two rows of beads alternating with leaf-shaped pendants. If
made of stone beads, includes counterpoise (worn between the shoulder-blades)
to balance the weight.
Various colorful gemstones set in gold - the favorite
Various gemstones set in electrum and even silver are also available
Faience, turquoise and gold leaf (12th dyn)
Broad collar with falcon terminals (12th dyn)
Gold, turqouise, and lapis lazuli beads with outermost row of gold drops,
menkhet counterpoise of gold and cornelian (12th dynasty)
Six rows of cornelian and feldspar cylinders alternating with rows of small
gold beads. Gold falcon-headed terminals. Outermost row is gold drops with
feldspar, and past inlay. Matching counterpoise
Openwork effect. Rows of gold, nefer-signs (half inlaid, half plain). Outermost
row of palmette inlaid pendants. Gold, inlaid lotus-head terminals. Lotus-head
Floral collar (New in the New Kingdom)
Made of glazed composition, light, so don't need a counterpoise in your necklace,
and cheap to produce, so a perfect gift for your many friends. Popular in
the late 18th dynasty. Flowers can be:
Red and mauve poppy petals, red or blue grape bunches,
blue or yellow and white daisies, various colored cornflowers, lotus-buds,
thistles, jasmine blossoms,
yellow and blue mandrake fruit, green date-palm
Lotus-headed terminals, 3 rows of pendants between discs
of red, blue, mauve and yellow, representing yellow and blue mandrake fruit,
green date-palm leaves, yellow, white, and mauve lotus-petals
I have a few of these. They're given for more than valor in war now, you
know. If you are in a position to do so, honor any civil servant for that
well done job.
Shebyu collar (New in the New Kingdom)
three rows or gold discs, trapezoidal clasp
four rows of small gold discs
five rows of gold rings, rectangular inlaid clasp, 14
loop-in-loop chains hanging from clasp
six rows of gold rings, square inlaid clasp, 10 loop-in-loop
gold chains hanging from clasp
eleven rows of large gold beads, inlaid, gold spacers.
5 loop-in-loop gold chains from lower edge.
Awaw bangles (pair) - Square-shaped.
Mesketu bangle (single) - Convex profile (bulges in the middle), between
Ivory -hippopotamus or elephant
Carnelian (huge favorite)
Turquoise (huge favorite)
Green feldspar (cheaper than turquoise)
Lapis lazuli (huge favorite)
Faience (cheaper than lapis lazuli)
Amethyst (all other gemstones except for amethyst are also available for
Artificial: calicite and rock crystal backed with colored cement
You want shell beads? Why? We've made beads easily for thousands of years
now, you know.
Alabaster - White opaque calcite.
Amethyst - Translucent quartz.
Carnelian - A beautiful deep red. Pebbles are picked up in the Eastern
Desert. Also from Nubia. Highly prized and good for amulets and jewelry.
Copper - Hemt or baa en pet - From the Wadi Maghara in the Sinai. For
beads, bangles, and finger rings. Copper and faience jewelry is great for
have little to trade with.
Electrum - Tcham - A mix of gold and silver.
Faience - Tjehenet - A great bargain. A cheap substitute for turquoise
or malachite, but still beautiful. Made of the best quartz or crystal and
put through a special process. I have blue, green, or greenish blue. I also
have some in violet, white, yellow, red, and black, if desired. Good for all
jewelry, especially for beads and amulets.
Gold - Nub, nub nefer - Favored by all. Doesn't tarnish or decay, looks
like the sun. My gold comes from the best goldsmith in the area. I have many
grades, including nub nefer, the very best grade. Mined from Buhen and Kerma
in Nubia, and also at Wadi Alaki, Wadi Mish. My goldsmith knows how to emboss,
engrave, filigree, and inlay gold. He can also make gold wire and gold leaf.
Don't worry, we have gold for everything: amulets, pendants, diadems, pectorals,
bangles, earrings, finger rings, anklets, torques, bracelets, and girdles.
Lapis lazuli - Khesbedj - Good for scarabs and amulets. I have opaque,
dark, or greenish blue. I even have some with gold flecks. For this beautiful
stone, we trade with the Arab camel drivers. They say it comes from some place
Quartz - Mtlky. Opaque and white.
Silver - Hedj - Our ancestors called it nub hedj, or but we just call
it hedj now. Either way, it's quite beautiful.
Turquoise - A beautiful blue-green. Mined in the Sinai. Also in pale
Pick up this graphic if you've "bought jewelry" here.
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All but the broad collar, floral collar, shebyu, ring, and bead are