I enjoyed this program. Hopefully, we will be able to see more items
once they have been cleaned. One of the pieces shown (decorative end
of a sword hand piece?) had flat garnets without facets, each having
a different geometric shape. Each garnet’s bed had reflective
undercutting orientated in different directions to catch the light to
provide flash. I am assuming the garnet bed had been carved out of
the gold to accommodate the shape of the garnet vs. the inlay of gold
wire being placed to create the cavity. I will have to catch the
rerun to get a better look at it.
I was looking to see if there was picture of the above mentioned
piece on National Geographic’s site and came across a skull with
studded teeth found in Chiapas, Mexico. The article, Ancient
Gem-Stuffed Teeth, stated this was fashionable for men from all
walks of life. You can go to
to see. I love gems, but I would not go that far, LOL.