Ancient Sumerian Bead Jewelry
c. 3,000 - 2,000 BC.
Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Marvelous necklace comprised of high quality ancient Sumerian beads, from a famous collection! Beautiful black stone and white shell beads, re-strung on sturdy wire with silver clasp and findings.
Ex Wiltshire, UK private collection: From the estate of Amold Walter Lawrence, 1900-1991, younger brother of TE Lawrence.
#AP2120: $699
SOLD -
Ask about alternates! A near similar strand just came in from the estate of Thomas Bentley Cederlind, Portland, OR.

Sumerians valued jewelry as a sign of status and wealth. Each bead was carved with great care, and drilled through with pinpoint accuracy, a stunning achievement given the technology available at the time.

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Incredible necklace comprised of high quality ancient Sumerian beads, from a famous collection! Beautiful red steatite, black stone and white shell beads, with a Sumerian stone stamp-seal in the center. Seal measures 14 mm (9/16"). Re-strung on modern string with gold-plated clasp.
L: 21.5 inches. I can re-string this on more sturdy necklace wire and clasp for an additional $15. From the Herbert B. Stearns Collection, Boston, MA; ex-CNG. #JS2113: $750


Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Gorgeous necklace comprised of high quality ancient Sumerian beads, from a famous collection! Beautiful red steatite, black stone and white shell beads, with a large Sumerian round stone amulet flanked by two stone pendants in the center. The large amulet a translucent deep red color, dia: 15 mm (9/16" and very thick. Re-strung on modern string with gold-plated clasp. L: 20 inches. I can re-string this on more sturdy necklace wire and clasp for an additional $15. From the Herbert B. Stearns Collection, Boston, MA; ex-CNG. #JS2116: $750

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Nice pair of earrings
comprised of high quality ancient Sumerian black stone and white shell beads. Each has two strands terminating in a large round shell disk bead. Strung on string with base-metal earring hook. Each measures approximately 2 3/4" to 3 1/4" from bottom to top of hook. From the Herbert B. Stearns Collection; ex-CNG. #JS2114: $399

Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Nice pair of earrings
comprised of high quality ancient Sumerian black stone and white shell beads. Hung on base-metal earring hooks and findings. Each measures approximately 1 3/4" from bottom to top of hook. From the Herbert B. Stearns Collection; ex-CNG. #JS2115: $199


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Sumerians valued jewelry as a sign of status and wealth. Each bead was carved with great care, and drilled through with pinpoint accuracy, a stunning achievement given the technology available at the time. Most retain their original creamy white and rich black color, with some earthen deposits on the surfaces. These beads are from an old upstate New York collection, legally excavated in Syria in the 1960's. Re-strung on sturdy flexible wire with sterling silver clasps and findings, and are perfectly wearable.
Sumerian bead necklaces:
Black and white stone and shell beads. Approx. 17 inches long but can be longer. #sum2903-UCC: SOLD, Ask about alternates

Sumerian bead earrings.
Stone and shell beads.
Type #1. #sum440: $199 / pair.
SOLD - Ask about alternates!

Sumerian bead bracelets.
Stone and shell beads.
Please indicate length required.
#sum2905: $199 each SOLD OUT


Earring type #2. On sterling silver or gold-plated surgical steel hooks and findings. #js2013: $195 / pair
SOLD - Ask about alternates!
Ancient Sumeria, c. 3000-2000 BC. Marvelous necklace comprised of high quality ancient Sumerian beads, from a famous collection! Beautiful black stone and white shell beads, r
e-strung on sturdy wire with silver clasp and findings.
Ex Wiltshire, UK private collection: From the estate of Amold Walter Lawrence, 1900-1991, younger brother of TE Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"). Historian who participated in, among others, the excavation of UR. Collected prior to WWII. Not only are these the highest quality Sumerian beads I've ever had, the collection provenance is historical in itself! #AP2120: $699 SOLD