Imported elephant-ivory bracelet Ivory and quartz earrings Jasper and carnelian earrings Scarab ring, in situ Rings and beads of glass and faience
The amount and type of jewelry found at Tombos reflects the wealth of the colonists who were buried there. Earrings were made of carnelian, jasper, and ivory - now considered semiprecious stones, but precious in those days when gemstones like diamonds weren't available. Imported ivory was also used for earrings and this bracelet found in a nearby pit tomb. The rounded quartzite earrings were one of the few items in Nubian style. We found a pinky scarab ring, still in place on its owner's hand after 3200 years.