Israel Diamond Museum to Display Rare Egyptian Jewelry



The exhibition opens Nov. 23

The Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Ramat Gan, Israel, will showcase a collection of rare Egyptian scarabs made from gemstones.

Called “Protective Force: Egyptian Scarabs From Gemstones,” the exhibition will explore the role of gemstones in Egyptian culture. Scarabs were the most popular amulets in ancient Egypt, from the time of the Middle Kingdom until the Ptolemaic dynasty. Based on the image of the dung beetle, they represented rebirth and were used as amulets for protection or good luck.

The scarabs are on loan from the Israel Museum, though have they never been displayed. The exhibition opens Nov. 23.

(Photo courtesy Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum)