Gold was the favourite. There were also such semi-precious stones as amethyst, quartz, crystal, onyx, carnelian, and jasper. The favorite colours were green and blue.
The social status of jewelers was low. They worked with smiths in dirty, hot conditions. Their supervisors took to themselves the credit for the work. The best examples of their craft are in the tombs of five princesses of the Middle Kingdom. Even the jewelry found in the tomb of Tutenkhamen does not show as skilled workmanship.