The Israel Antiquities Authority is announcing that archaeologists Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets have found a 2,000 year old gold earring, inlaid with precious stones in an excavations in Jerusalem. The following is an excerpt from the report released by the Israel Antiquities Authority:
2,000 year old gold earring inlaid with pearls and precious stones was discovered in excavations that the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting in the Giv‘ati car park at the City of David, in the “Walls around Jerusalem National Park”. The excavations are being carried out jointly with the Nature and Parks Authority and are underwritten by the Ir David Foundation.
The earring, which is made of a coiled gold hoop, has a large inlaid pearl in its center. Connected to the hoop are two identical gold pendants, each of which is adorned with one emerald and pearl. The emerald is held by a kind of gold cap that connects it to the main hoop by means of a small hoop that is also fashioned from gold. Another pearl that is relatively smaller than the one inlaid in the upper hoop is attached to the other side of the emerald. The pearl is fastened to the emerald by means of a gold finding, which passes through a tiny hole that was drilled in it.
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