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Necklace

This necklace consists of 28 intact mold-made, light blue faience beads in the shape of heart shaped lily leaves that accompanied a single gold amulet bead. They preserve two piercings on each end by which they were strung on the necklace. This is another example of the splendor found within the Mycenaean cemetery at Mochlos. The faience beads were composed of silicon, copper, iron, and calcium with trace amounts of magnesium, cobalt, nickel, and zinc.


Pendant

This pendant was found in a Mycenaean tomb along with the 28 intact faience beads. The pendant had only a single perforation which implies that it was at the center of the necklace and it preserves a rosy purplish patina. This technique was Egyptian in origin and was also found in the tomb of King Tut. Interestingly, the patina was a gold alloy with 8% silver, 3% copper, and traces of 1% iron, and 0.8% arsenic which is what produces this purplish hue.


Gold Ring

This gold-plated copper ring was found in a Mycenaean tomb, and though the contents of the bezel were lost, it is still a magnificent example of the jewelry found within the tombs during this period. Whatever was set in the ring, most likely shell, ivory, or semiprecious stone, was likely removed from the ring before it was deposited, as no object of the same ovoid shape was found within the unplundered tomb.