Ensemble of jewelry belonging to Queen Puabi. Sumerian, dating to around 2450 BC, made with gold, lapis, carnelian, agate, and shell. [1600×2642]

Ensemble of jewelry belonging to Queen Puabi. Sumerian, dating to around 2450 BC, made with gold, lapis, carnelian, agate, and shell. [1600×2642]

Cuff bracelets and anklets of princess Sithathoriunet. They are made from gold, carnelian and turquoise beads. Egypt, 12th dynasty. 1887 to 1813 B.C. [3921×3110]

Cuff bracelets and anklets of princess Sithathoriunet. They are made from gold, carnelian and turquoise beads. Egypt, 12th dynasty. 1887 to 1813 B.C. [3921×3110]

Lion claw bracelet of Princess Khnumit, one of the daughters of pharaoh Amenemhat II. Its made from gold, turquoise, carnelian and lapis lazuli. Egypt, 12th dynasty. 1991 to 1802 BC. [876×728]

Lion claw bracelet of Princess Khnumit, one of the daughters of pharaoh Amenemhat II. Its made from gold, turquoise, carnelian and lapis lazuli. Egypt, 12th dynasty. 1991 to 1802 BC. [876×728]

Gold necklace composed of polygonal carnelian beads alternating with gold links, reflects a popular Roman imperial style, 1st-2nd CE. A carnelian seal with Athena and Hermes in intaglio.[1252×1800]

Gold necklace composed of polygonal carnelian beads alternating with gold links, reflects a popular Roman imperial style, 1st-2nd CE. A carnelian seal with Athena and Hermes in intaglio.[1252×1800]

Pectoral featuring the name of Amenemhat III, from a jewelery box found in the tomb of Princess Mereret, daughter of Senusret III. Gold, carnelian and lazurite. 19th Century BC [1208×1017]

Pectoral featuring the name of Amenemhat III, from a jewelery box found in the tomb of Princess Mereret, daughter of Senusret III. Gold, carnelian and lazurite. 19th Century BC [1208×1017]

Bead bracelet of Queen Ahhotep I, mother of pharaoh Ahmose I. The beads are made from gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian and faience. Egypt, 17th Dynasty ~1530 BC. [564×632]

Bead bracelet of Queen Ahhotep I, mother of pharaoh Ahmose I. The beads are made from gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian and faience. Egypt, 17th Dynasty ~1530 BC. [564×632]

Flexible bead bracelet made from gold, faience, glass beads and a Eye of Horus carved from carnelian. From the tomb of Tutankhamun. Egypt, 18th dynasty. 1341-1323 BC. [800×641]

Flexible bead bracelet made from gold, faience, glass beads and a Eye of Horus carved from carnelian. From the tomb of Tutankhamun. Egypt, 18th dynasty. 1341-1323 BC. [800×641]

A Roman carnelian intaglio depicting a theater mask, from the oppidum of Bibracte in Southern Burgundy (France), late Ist century BC-early Ist century AD. Discovered this week. [1048×1049]

A Roman carnelian intaglio depicting a theater mask, from the oppidum of Bibracte in Southern Burgundy (France), late Ist century BC-early Ist century AD. Discovered this week. [1048×1049]