A 19th century jewellery set made from Assyrian and Babylonian cylinder and stamp seals, belonging to Lady Layard.

The seals date from anywhere between 2000 and 600 B.C., the gold mounting from the late 1800s.

This practice, where ancient artefacts, when pretty enough, were reused as jewellery, was prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th century. 

(Source: The British Museum)

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