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Beads and Stud

Unknown220 - 100 B.C.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

A group of twenty-eight loose beads of varying scale and form was part of this group of Ptolemaic jewelry. There are three emerald beads, five carnelian beads , four amethyst beads, eight granulated gold beads, and eight hollow gold beads. Conservators at the Getty Museum have re-strung these beads as a necklace, but they also may have originally been separate elements of earrings . A single carnelian mushroom-shaped bead or stud may go with the group. The mushroom-shaped piece may have been an ear stud, or, since its stem is pierced, it may have been a pendant.

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