Egyptian Gold with Carnelian and Lapis Lazuli Amulet


A gold Egyptian tear-drop shaped amulet, inlaid with  panels of hardstones, possibly carnelian and lapis lazuli; two suspension loops attached to the top and bottom.

Date: 2050-1710 BC
Period: Middle Kingdom Period
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: LD-50 Category:

Various materials held symbolic significance throughout Egyptian culture. In Egyptian religion and culture carnelian was associated with the evil-tempered god Seth. Therefore, during the Late Period, the  Egyptian name for carnelian, hrst, gained the meaning ‘sadness’. Lapis lazuli was the most highly prized semi-precious stone, the dark blue colour and white flecks symbolised the night’s sky. The name for lapis lazuli, hsbd, was used as a synonym for joy and delight.

To find out more about the history and mythology of gemstones please see our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 1.3 g
Dimensions L 2 x W 0.6 x H 0.2 cm


Semi-Precious Stones