Pectoral with the Name of Senwosret
II, ca. 1897–1878 B.C.E.; Dynasty 12,
reigns of Senwosret II–Amenemhat III;
Gold, carnelian, feldspar, garnet,
turquoise; L. of pectoral 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift,
Amulets and jewels were worn by the Egyptians. They wore wide, gold bands on their upper arms and wrists and even on their ankles. The jewelry was decorated with pictures and sometimes with gems. They loved to wear jewelry. Blue lapis lazuli and red carnelian were two of the most popular gems. Tombs of the Ancient Egyptians contain a great deal of jewelry.
If you would like to learn more about Egyptian jewelry and gems, you may visit the following sites.
Carnelian in Ancient Mythology
Lapis Lazuli- Gemstone