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« on: July 07, 2011, 12:20:09 am »

I'm gonna use this place to show some of the ancient jewels from Egypt Greece, Rome and the medieval times.
Most of the pieces were worn by local kings and nobility of the time so I guess they are a part of the 'royal' jewels of the world although they are now mostly seen as historical rather then royal pieces.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 01:58:17 am »

Let's start with a bit of ancient  Egyptian bling

Pectoral (centerpiece of a necklace) of princess Sitathoriunet daughter of king Senworset II from the 12th dynasty (aprox 1900-1700 BC). gold with turquoise, lapis lazuli, and red carnelian, this piece if actually a good luck charm/prayer, the symbols used mean as much as 'God grands life and dominion over all that the sun touches to king Senworset II ' most of the pectorals had these type of messages to protect the king only the names in the cartouches (oval between the two snakes) change with each king http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110869
Here is one from the same princes only instead of her fathers name it's the name of her brother in the cartouche http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110966
Crown/diadem of the same princess: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110934 this is how it would look on her http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=151591
anklet in gold an amethyst http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110973
bracelet in gold, turquoise and carnelian http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110974

Cuff bracelet from Queen Ah Hotep (king Tut's granny) 18th dynasty (aprox 1500-1200 BC) : gold and lapis lazuli, http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110982 http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110976
Fly necklace from Queen Ah hotep: gold, this necklace is actually a sort of order/medal necklace, in Egypt the fly was given for heroism in battle or in affairs of state. The fly being a symbol of 'tireless persistence' (wonder where that idea came from tehe)  She has three of them so she was a very brave Queen! easter-wink http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=151215A

Pectoral of from the most famous of all Egyptian kings Tutanchamon, 18th dynasty: gold with turquoise, lapis lazuli and red carnelian the scarab is made of granite http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110872
Another pectoral of king Tut: gold, turquoise,carnelian and lapis lazuli scarab http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=151590
And another one from king Tut, this time with two baboons protecting the sun as it makes it's nightly trip through the underworld on a boat (that's what the Egyptians believed happened when the sun went down) http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=151091
gold necklace from king Tut with amazing details of scarab's, cobra's and anch's the craftsmanship of the Egyptian goldsmith's 3000 years oga is unmatched even in modern times if you ask me! http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=151213
A pair of earrings, massif gold, (imagine the weight of that on your ears!) http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110972
The famous gold throne of king Tut, gold cover wood with semiprecious stones and coloured glass paste (glass was considered more precious then diamonds at the time because it was nearly impossible to make!) the scene on the back shows the king with his wife http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=111014
If you think Cinderella had fancy footwear check this out! a pair of massif gold slipper belonging once again to king Tut http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=110969

Being a farao (or related to one ) sure gives you some nice bling! easter-wink
And best of all... nobody cared about expenditure notes or the costs for the taxpayer back then! (or rather they didn't survive long if they protested TCP baking cookies)
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 09:15:20 am »

All of these threads are fantastic (and beyond labor intensive, I'm sure), but this is my favorite one, and such a great idea.  Thank you so much, Akasha, for posting all of these wonderful pictures in this and all of the jewelry threads.

What?!!  It's hard to imagine these being worn on human ears.

The gold and amethyst anklet made me want to start wearing anklets again.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 07:33:48 pm »

Me too  flirt such a pretty anklet
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 12:29:51 am »

Actually it's not that hard really, I 'borrow' the pic's and the info from a jewel forum, hall-whistle they did all the hard work  TCP baking cookies
http://www.pricescope.com/forum/jewelry-pieces/royal-jewels-t73838-2280.html
It's a huge threat (300+ pages!) that they started two years ago.
I just take the most interesting pic's and put them together per family here so that you guy's can have a look at the bling with out sifting through all those pages.  tehe
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 12:47:27 am »

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2011, 02:00:08 am »

Well ancient egypt is a a bit of a personal hobby, and the jewels are just stunning so..
Plus, it make our forum a bit bigger and more interesting and might attract more ppl!
It shows that we're not just a bunch of gossiping girls but that we have substance and cultural interests besides the royal love life as well (at least for me)
okay then, let's continue with our egyptian art of jewelery

A solid gold ancient pectoral. Belonged to king Tut. This piece is small, no more than a couple of inches across. Just look at the amount of small stone cut so perfectly to fit every tiny space! This one is a simple statement, it shows king tut being coronated by the gods, and it tells us he will rule in glory. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=152063
A lapis lazuli and solid gold ''heart scarab'' It is pretty large, about 4 inches long or so. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=152064
Another fabulous solid gold pectoral. the word ''pectoral'' is actually used for these magnificent pieces because of where they sat on your chest , the pectoral muscles, when worn. The stones are lapis, carnelian and turquoise favoured by ancient royalty. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=152066
This is the royal mirror of princess sithathoriunet. made of obsidian, gold and a mix of gold and silver for the viewing surface. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=152071
Another pectoral stunning example of the ancient Egyptian royal craftsmen at their best, they were commissioned to create unique works for every dynasty, now unlike today''s royals who hold onto their historical jewels and wear them for generations upon generations..in ancient Egypt each piece had someone''s unique story and often their name indicated within the piece and it always read something like this, ''god grants life and dominion over all that the sun encircles to the king so and so...''  And so, the next royal who came to power of course couldn''t wear the old king''s jewels lest everyone think that he was in favor of power remaining with the old king! He needed his own jewels with his name in them. So, thus every new ruler got his own unique and different jewelry! the old jewels were buried with their royal owners! http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=184105
Belt of the princess Sithathoriunt, 12th dynasty, solid gold and amethyst. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=152072
two bracelets of king tut, 18th dynasty http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=183776

(ok I admit this is not exactly ancient  tehe but it gives you a good idea how some of these queens would have looked with all there bling on), Liz Taylor as Cleopatra http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=183796 and http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=184680

Not exactly jewellery but you can't pass it by if you're talking about the ancient Egyptian goldsmith master craft: King Tut's gold sarcophagus, pure gold with lapis, turquoise and carnelian. The solid gold coffin of King Tut measures 6 feet 1 inches, or 1.88 metres, in length and weighs a massive 243lbs or 110.4 kilos. Just the raw weight of the gold alone is currently worth about 2 million dollars. The solid gold coffin was fitted with handles It was attached to the base by four gold tongues on each side The tongues dropped into sockets in the shell of the coffin and fixed with golden pins http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=184402 & http://www.touregypt.net/images/touregypt/tutcoffin8.jpg & http://www.touregypt.net/images/touregypt/tutcoffin9.jpg sigh flirt
And his death mask covering the actual mummy of the farao, the earrings I showed you earlier fit in the pierced earlobes of the mask: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=184210 http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=184403


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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2011, 12:59:32 am »

I just thought I'd continue to post some lovely ancient royal jewels!  flirt easter-wink
These great bracelets are made of solid gold and the stones are the favs of the pharaohs, lapis, carnelian and turquoise. these two bracelets belonged to queen ahhotep. 18th dynasty, egypt. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143800
Of course this ancient Egyptian beautiful pectoral it belonged to the princess sithathoriunet of the 12th dynasty. the size is approx 4.5 cm high and 8 cm from wing tip to wing tip. This jewel marks perhaps the epitome of Egyptian jewel making .. such refinement and taste. simple and yet amply full of story and detail. Most Egyptian pectorals were surrounded by design, a temple kiosk if you will, but in this example, the first one of it's kind ever produced, the kiosk is abandoned and the figures support the design themselves becoming the entire work. This was the first of the two done for this princess like this. This one being worn during the reign of her father, sesostris II or his real Egyptian name kakhepere...they had many names for each pharaoh, but that's a whole new story! http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181510
Here is a side view of the display showing the gold and royal jewels belonging to queen ahhotep. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144040
Egyptian crown or diadem http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181511
Queen ahhotep''s pectoral...in this scene the gods are pouring water, ancient symbol of life in a desert country as Egypt (it still is in a way nowadays), over the king. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144042
Yhis is the queen''s armlet. it rested on the upper part of the arm... http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144043
The queen ahhotep''s broad collar, all of these elements are of solid gold. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181512
Here we have queen ahhotep''s wide bangle bracelet, the coronation scene of the king ahmose., solid gold inlayed with lapis lazuli http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143939
Another of the queen''s armlets, this one a vulture. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144166
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2011, 01:26:08 am »

this looks a little like my cup stand http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181511  lols

is there a reason the have a long pole above their head?
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2011, 01:38:51 am »

I guess they put some feathers, or palm leaves in it, plus it might symbolise their connection to the gods,
the Egyptian royals were seen as son's and daughters of Ra the sun god, the pole might be a symbolic sun ray linking them to daddy above.
But don't hit me if it's just an odd decoration  hide  TCP baking cookies
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2011, 01:45:18 am »

Thank you again, Akasha!  flower

http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181512
This one is gorgeous.  I love the little bells on the outermost strand.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2011, 01:47:07 am »

I guess they put some feathers, or palm leaves in it, plus it might symbolise their connection to the gods,
the Egyptian royals were seen as son's and daughters of Ra the sun god, the pole might be a symbolic sun ray linking them to daddy above.
But don't hit me if it's just an odd decoration  hide  TCP baking cookies

The crown was like a sun dial either that or a Satellite dish to listen to Ra!

I knew we would figure it out together  laugh

more seriously they probably did decorate it and may have used fabrics to drape over and used the pole like a tipi  tehe
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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 06:53:03 pm »

@ alex they aren't bells, it's a stylistic form of the lotus flower, http://belindaschneider.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/bel-lotus3.gif
This is how the flower looks in real http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vzpXPZFPxx4/TKR6ykvqoBI/AAAAAAAAAsU/XEMNHsD4sSc/s1600/blue-lotus.jpg  flirt it smells really good! in old egypt used it together with other essential oils in perfumes.
The lotus together with the papyrus plant were often used as decorative motive in jewels and wall decorations in graves. http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/egypt/images/life03b.jpg

@mousie your guess is as good as mine in this case, I don't know the particular history of this crown  sorry
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« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 07:21:13 pm »

A little break from Egypt for now, coming up next Thracian and other jewels from the area around the black sea:
First a bit of general history
The Thracians were a group of Indo-European tribes, bizarre people really. Their origins are entirely shrouded in mystery and theory. They inhabited the Balkan peninsula, as well as the adjacent parts of Eastern Europe. It was known that a number of powerful Thracian states were organized, such as the Odrysian kingdom.that consisted largely of present-day Bulgaria. It endured between the 5th century BC and the 3rd century BC and that period is considered the bloom of the Thracian culture. The Thracians were famous for their exquisite jewellery and a large number of elaborately crafted gold and silver treasure sets from the 5th and 4th century BC had been unearthed. The Thracian aristocrats were buried in tombs and so was their jewellery.  thumbsup

Thought I’d start with some magnificent solid gold earrings that once belonged to a young noble Thracian lady. They represent the goddess Nike and they’re absolutely perfect down to the last detail. The clasp is covered by a little disk ornamented with stamen and leaflets. The body of the goddess is so detailed that you can actually see her facial features, her fingers and toes, her earrings and the laces of her sandals. The rhyton she’s holding in her raised hand is shaped like a deer. The shocking thing is how small that earring is in IRL-it’s placed under a magnifying glass so you could see all the details. It was dated around 4th century BC I believe. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181534
Another golden earring representing the goddess Nike (guess she was really popular back then). This time she’s driving a carriage with two horses. It belonged to a noble lady or a high priestess. (The end of 3rd century BC) http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143697 see how small it is! http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181535
And while we''re on this subject, here''s something interesting - golden earrings with pyramids. 5-4th century BC.  http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181536
Now these items were part of the burial of a Thracian princess (around 4th century BC). The wreath weights 200 g of pure gold. It was placed on the head of the princess and over 40 little golden applications were scattered around it. They were probably hanging from a veil once. The princess was also wearing beautiful golden earrings.
The wreath: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144052
And the earrings: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143698
OK, a few necklaces now. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143809
The noble Thracian men wore necklaces as often as women did. This particular type of necklace was a symbol of social or a military status. So this one probably belonged to a member of the royal family or a very important nobleman. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143942
An example of the golden applications I mentioned earlier. They are called fibulae and they were used as adornment and as a pin. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143810
This one is a horseman with a spear. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=181538
This spectacular ancient solid gold collar depicts gods, and mythical creatures in battle. See the close up detail I put in...what amazing workmanship the royals of old enjoyed. The standard of jewel making in ancient times has never been equalled. Each piece telling a story and making sure the eye never tires of gazing at these fabulous pieces! http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144072
Part of the famed "Bactrian hoard" of treasures, a folding gold crown dating from the first century A.D. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144297
Gold plaque showing a nomad warrior lying under a tree with his head in a woman''s lap. He wears two swords and his guard holds his horses reins. This object was said to have been found in Siberia and was made part of Peter the Great''s collection in the Hermitage in 1859. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143835
An ancient headdress ornament that was made in the 4th century BC. It features a stag surrounded by deer like animals. While it is not clear precisely how the object was worn, the variety of styles evident in the animals and other objects indicate that there were influences from various cultures that impacted its sophisticated design. A pair of gold temple ornaments from 400 to 350 BC. The two riders on horses with elongated legs that reach down to wheels of carriages were worn hung on a crown of diadem. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143836
A gold necklace with turtles was one of five necklaces found on the body in one of the graves discovered at Vani. The Colchians apparently loved jewelry. Four other necklaces of varying lengths that were worn simultaneously including one decorated with swastikas. That symbol was common in the ancient world by the end of the second century BC. The word in ancient Sanskirt meant "well being" and the symbol was present in artefacts discovered at the site of ancient Troy. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143837
Four gold armbands: from the Achaemenid period of mid 5th century B.C with calves’ heads, feline shaped finials and gazelle. Achaemined was the king of Cyprus and established the Persian empire. His successors later conquered areas around the Black Sea. These armbands look to be imports from his empire. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144299
and another bracelet http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143969
Scythian Gold depicting weapons and dress of Scythian Warriors 5th Century BC http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=143839

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« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2011, 08:20:02 am »

Aaand were back in Egypt (sorry for jumping around like that  TCP baking cookies)
Now, this is a very unique pectoral that belonged to king tut. 18th dynasty Egypt. the reason it is so very special is the centre scarab. for years it was though to be a stone, until it was finally observed that it is actually a piece of desert glass. now, why is this glass more important than any jewel to royalty in Egypt? well, because this glass came from space! this is known as the famous ''desert glass'', found in certain areas of Egypt, even today we can find it...it is so highly sought after it demands a premium when it is genuine. desert glass is always this colour and it all came to earth millennia ago, even further back than ancient Egypt. so to the Egyptians it was ancient and believed to be a treasure from the heavens, which it is http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144277
this ring was from the time of king tut, and is an ancient royal signet. It is said to hold the royal cartouche of king tut and date to around 1330 BC. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144280
SCARAB RING. 4th c. BC The ring is composed of an oval swiveling bezel and an adjustable hoop. The obverse of the ring bears the realistic image of a scarab in high relief. On the reverse, the relief image of a woman is framed by an ovolo setting. The bezel is framed by braided and beaded wire. The hoop is formed of braided wires with a beaded wire in the channel. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144581
In ancient egypt, the scarab was a very important symbol. Since this beetle was seen pushing balls of dung across the sands and burying them under the desert then it's young would reappear from said dung..it became the symbol of eternal life and rebirth. It was seen to enter the underworld as did the sun at night, then it would rejoin the land of the living as the sun, in the morning.so, as in this royal pectoral from king tut''s treasure, the scarab was depicted pushing the solar disc across the heavens and was associated with ra, the sun god himself. http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144582
Here is a fabulous example of a new kingdom ancient egyptian scarab ring..scarab set in gold http://www.pricescope.com/forum/download/file.php?id=144287
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2012, 04:23:43 pm »

Golden discovery: Archaeologists discover astonishing haul 'linked to Alexander the Great' in network of tombs in Bulgaria

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231461/A-golden-discovery-Bulgarian-archaelogists-discover-astonishing-artifacts-linked-Alexander-Great-vast-network-tombs.html
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Merovingian Looped Fibula   
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