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Egyptian Turquoise

Egyptian Turquoise

Brief Egyptian Turquoise History

Egyptian Turquoise Adornments

Egyptian Turquoise was first found in Egypt well over 7,500 years ago. It was highly coveted by the Egyptians to be a secred stone with metaphysical powers. Egyptian Turquoise was used by Egyptian healers, worn Kings, Pharaohs, Rulers and important people from that early period in world history. Below are a few examples of the vast amounts of Egyptian Turquoise jewelry that has been found.

Egyptian Turquoise Examples

Right: The inner coffin of King Tut was highly decorated in Solid Gold and inlaid with Egyptian TURQUOISE, Lapis, Carnelian, Onyx and Colored Glass.

King Tuts Tomb
Egyptian Turquoise - King Tut

King Nebkheperura Tutankhamun (King Tut) is the most famous of all the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, but he lived a short life in the transitional period in history. Little was known of him before Howard Canter discovered his tomb and the amazing contents it held. As you can see this mask is covered in Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, TURQUOISE, and colored glass. They are made entirely of solid GOLD!

The oldest Egyptian Turquoise Jewelry known in the world was excavated by archaiologists at the cemetery of the Royal Tombs at Abydos, in upper Egypt? Gold Turquoise bracelets, as well as other items that were found are now in the Cairo Museum. These items are claimed to be from approximately 5500 B.C. Turquoise was highly coveted by the Egyptians and it was used in the solid gold inner coffin of King Tut!

King Tuts Egyptian Turquoise Jewelry

To the Right is King Tut's Circlet Found on the mummy - made of solid gold, Egyptian Turquoise, carnelian and Lapis Lazuli.

More Examples of Egyptian Turquoise

Egyptian Turquoise From the tomb of Wah, western Thebes.

Rings and necklace have Egyptian Turquoise Beads, Carnelian Beads, and other great beads, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 2000 B.C.



Egyptian Turquoise

The single Carnelian barrel bead 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 asymmetrical bead necklace was most likely a piece of personal jewelry as it 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. Egyptian Turquoise was very beautiful.

Egyptian Turquoise Mask

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. Great example of Egyptian Turquoise adornment.

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Thank you for reading about Egyptian Turquoise we hope you have learned something and now appreciate Egyptian Turquoise and jewelry.

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