Inspiration: Ancient Egypt

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December 11, 2016


Hieroglyphics. Pyramids. Scarabs. Lotus flowers. Ankhs. Ra the Sun God. The Eye of Horus. The rich visual language of Ancient Egypt is inspiring jewelry design. Think of it as an Egyptian Revival Revival.

The first Egyptian Revival in the Nineteenth Century was literal. Obelisks and Pharaohs decorated piazzas and buildings. The second referenced tomb paintings and objects filtered through the geometry and modernism of Art Deco, adding geometric patterning and vivid inlay to the traditional motifs of scarabs and lotus blossoms.

Today, the inspiration is more abstract, using the iconic forms of hieroglyphics with triangular Art Deco patterning.

Still on an upswing, look for creative new interpretations of this Egyptian Revival Revival, particularly in inlay and enamel, in the year to come.

Worthy of Ra: the Olympia Necklace by Ana Khouri
Worthy of Ra: the Olympia Necklace by Ana Khouri
Metropolitan Earrings with golden South Sea pearls by Autore
Metropolitan Earrings with golden South Sea pearls by Autore
Scarabee Cuff with sapphires and tsavoriets by Aurelie Bidermann
Scarabee Cuff with sapphires and tsavoriets by Aurelie Bidermann
Double -finger Eye Ring by Buddha Mama
Double -finger Eye Ring by Buddha Mama
Reversible Nefertiti Earrings by Featherstone Design
Lotus and Scarab Earrings by Featherstone Design
Pave Ankh Pendant from the Icon Collection by Lynn Ban
Pave Ankh Pendant from the Icon Collection by Lynn Ban
Devi Ring in tourmaline and sapphire by Daniela Villegas
Devi Ring in tourmaline and sapphire by Daniela Villegas
Lotus Flower earrings by Carla Amorim
Lotus Flower earrings by Carla Amorim
Severin Collar by Ana Katerina
Severin Collar by Ana Katerina
Earrings by Deborah Pagani
Earrings by Deborah Pagani
Protection Signet Ring by Foundrae, photo courtesy of Memo Jewelry
Protection Signet Ring by Foundrae, photo courtesy of Memo Jewelry
Wing Earrings by Kavant Sharart
Wing Earrings by Kavant Sharart
Ring by Jade Jagger
Ring by Jade Jagger
Division Collar in abalone and gold-plated bronze by Lady Grey
Division Collar in abalone and gold-plated bronze by Lady Grey
Red Coral Gladiator Ring by Doryn Wallach
Red Coral Gladiator Ring by Doryn Wallach
Geometric Diamond Earrings by Solange Azagury-Partridge
Geometric Diamond Earrings by Solange Azagury-Partridge
Fan Ring by Michelle Fantaci
Fan Ring by Michelle Fantaci
Thurisaz Necklace by Rachel Boston
Thurisaz Necklace by Rachel Boston
Lapis Scarab Ring by RVVL
Lapis Scarab Ring by RVVL

 

 



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