by forrest fenn
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Some of the beauty of old Egyptian beads is that they look old. The more beat-up they are the more intrinsic value they have for me. I like to imagine where they were worn 3,500 years ago, and what they’ve seen. Who fabricated them and where?
Bead colors were symbolic of different things, green meant growth and development, red stood for blood, which intended continued life and energy, black, which symbolizes rebirth, and blue referenced the everlasting sky.
This necklace contains beads made from red cornelian, blue faience, white ostrich egg shells, and black glass. The green eye beads are watchful. Nearly all later cultures copied Egyptian eye beads.
Faience Anubis amulets, such as the large blue one on this necklace, were powerful protectors of the dead. They are often found in the linen wrappings of embalmed mummies.