Tehran, April 28 : Archeologists have discovered 2,200-year-old gemstones and jewels belonging to postdated Achaemenid era in Iran's southern province of Fars.
Over 20 pieces of bracelets, necklaces and earrings adorned with agate, ruby and opal have been unearthed in ancient graves behind Salman-e Farsi Dam in Iran's southern city of Yarj.
"The discovery of such gemstones is a unique achievement. Agates in various colors, ivory, opal and rock crystal (Quartz) in many colors were used to embellish the bracelets, necklaces and earrings," Presstv.ir quoted Alireza Ja'fari Zand, head of the archeological team at the dam, as saying.
"Discovery of jewels and gemstones in Sassanid and postdated Achaemenid graves is unprecedented," he added.
Opal, which is described as a miracle and the Queen of Gems by Shakespeare, is depicted as a symbol of hope, happiness and truth in the East.
Ivory and clay were also used in making some of the necklaces.