Known as hemaget, the Egyptians sourced their garnet as early as the pre-dynastic period in the Eastern Desert and Sinai at the same locality they got much of their amethyst. Like amethyst, garnet was at its most popular during the Middle Kingdom, but due to its small size, it was mainly employed for spherical and barrel beads, such as this example.
Garnet was known for its utilization of creative energy, grounding spiritual forces within the body. It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification, and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings.
Condition: Expected signs of wear that do not detract, intact, and in very good condition overall. A lovely example.
Dimensions: Length: 1/2 in (1 cm) and set as a pendant on a 20" sterling silver chain.
Provenance: Private English collection, acquired in the 1960s and then by descent.