Ancient Talisman Carnelian Necklace from The Met Museum


Our modern pendant in 14K vermeil with carnelian recalls an ancient Egyptian shen clasp in The Met collection, which dates to about 1648-1540 B.C. To the ancient Egyptians, the shen symbol-a ring underscored by a horizontal line-suggested eternity and protection. For centuries, global cultures have crafted jewelry with protective charms that wearers believe will enhance their personal power.

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