The returning sun
Antique necklace of faceted carnelian beads with mounts of gold, Netherlands circa 1900
In ancient Greece, carnelian was considered the stone of the returning sun and was one of the most popular gemstones at the time. In Egypt, it was believed that the gemstone possessed divine power. To guarantee a beautiful life in the afterlife, a carnelian was often given to the grave and even in Tutankhamun's tomb Howard Carter discovered carnelian! The necklace here is made of particularly beautiful carnelian beads, faceted all around. The pierced gemstones are mounted in gold to form the necklace and a large gold clasp completes it. We discovered this decorative necklace in Amsterdam, where it was probably made.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.