Archaeologists working in Israel recently unearthed an unexpected discovery: a cache of jewelry dating from about 11 BC, the “LA Times” reported earlier this month. Among the treasures, which were tucked inside a jug that had been hidden in a private dwelling, were beads made of carnelian stone. Literally translating to “flesh-colored,” carnelians range in color from light orange to fiery reddish brown as exhibited in this ring’s gemstone. Despite their often ‘bloody’ coloration, according to legend carnelians make the soul joyous, which might account for the ancient Egyptians in Israel hiding them to keep them safe. This ring’s carnelian is further enhanced with the carving of an ancient warrior. Cameos like this one are reflective of history, literature and legends. Who this warrior actually depicts, only the carver knows for sure, but the carnelian’s beauty inspired the carver to preserve the profile in stone for eternity.