Origin: Egyptian faience (natively called tjehenet) is an often colorful ceramic used extensively in ancient Egyptian art, including scarabs, amulets, and beads like these. Though Egyptian faience dates back to before 4000 BC, these beads were created sometime between the Late Period (664 BC) and the end of the Ptolemaic Period (30 BC).
These faience beads were typically part of elaborate and colorful necklaces worn by Egyptian commoners and nobility alike. Faience itself was considered magical, holding within it the powers of the sun and rebirth. The brilliant blue colors of these beads come from their copper content, which rises to the surface when faience is fired in a kiln.
Our beads were purchased from a private Australian collection. Surprisingly, ancient Egyptian beads were actually considered plentiful enough to be sold by the Egyptian Museum in Cairo during the 1970's. As a result, there are many still in private hands today. Each bead includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
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Example of an Egyptian faience necklace.
Your order will include:
- One faience bead, produced in Egypt between c. 664 and 30 BC
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Your Certificate of Authenticity is more than just a piece of paper—it's a promise to you.
When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.
Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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