Egyptian Amethyst Scarab Necklace
An ancient Egyptian carved amethyst scarab, drilled through for suspension, set with an ancient biconical amethyst bead in a modern silver necklace.
New Kingdom, Ca. 1550-1069 BC.
Ancient Egyptian amethyst was derived from Wadi el Hudi, southeast of Aswan. Amethyst was especially popular in the New Kingdom. Two amethyst scarabs were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Formerly in an Israeli private collection.