Entries in egyptian revival (4)
We've updated the @shopGemGossip page with a few items--two of them being these brooch conversion rings which I've just gotten them back from my jeweler yesterday. I love the way they turned out because most importantly, it is all about comfort with these conversion pieces. I've been seeing a lot lately that don't look so comfortable or even reasonable to wear--pointy ends, seed pearls, or too gigantic for a finger. These are what I would call Goldilocks style--just right!
I also picked up this 18k yellow gold ankh bracelet that I thought was killer. I love the look of it, especially stacked with a gold watch and other bracelets. Egyptian Revival is one of my favorite types of jewelry, which is why I had to have this bracelet for my shop.
All items are listed on my separate Instagram page, check it out @shopGEMGOSSIP
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Distant and exotic civilizations inspired many creations during the early 1920s and onward to spur a movement called "Egyptian Revival," which characterized the type of jewelry that was influenced by ancient Egypt. In November of 1922, the efforts of Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter culminated in the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamun, which was located in Egypt within the Valley of the Kings. Their incredible discovery was esteemed as one of the most valuable archaeological finds of the 20th Century! This completely enthralled and aroused much interest throughout the world. Although Egyptian influence had already begun decades prior, the Egyptian Revival movement was heaviest following that particular discovery. Prior to that, author Vivienne Becker explains, "Ancient Egypt had been a design inspiration throughout the 19th century, particularly in France, from the time of Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt in 1798, although the effect was really only felt in the jewelry world in the 1860s, following discoveries of ancient Egyptian ornaments by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette, and around the time of the opening of the Suez Canal, by the Empress Eugenie, in 1869" (Becker, Vivienne. "Five Rare Egyptian-Revival Jewels" Sotheby's Magazine. November 2013.)
Pyramids, sphinxes, obelisks, palmettes, lotus flowers, scarabs, hieroglyphics, and hieroglyph imitations became all the rage in jewelry design and motif. Egyptian dieties like Isis, the falcon god Horus, the lion goddess Sekmeth and a few others also became popular. Ankhs symbolized eternal life and scarabs represented rebirth. The upheaval of Egyptian motifs actually paired really well with the Art Deco aesthetic at the time--things like Egyptian blue colored faience, lapis and carnelian inlay, colored enamel work, and bright yellow gold. Faience is a sintered quartz ceramic, like ancient pottery in a way, it was used to create scarabs and other Egyptian objects and amulets. Big names like Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels followed suite and designed multiple piece during the early 1920s/30s typical of Egyptian Revival theme.
When I visited Joden Jewelry in July, located in Grove City, Pennsylvania, I was blown away by their extensive inventory. So many eras all in one place--so many niches for any and every collector. I knew they would have quite a collection of Egyptian Revival jewelry, and I was right! From micromosaics to real scarab beetles, and a few things in between--even spanning different time periods of the movement as well. These seven pieces featured from Joden Jewelry will enamor any Egyptian Revival collector, whether you're just a beginner or have been collecting for years!
Round circular brooch featuring a micromosaic pharaoh: this spectacular piece was created using over 1,000 tiny pieces of thin, tile-shaped glass or stone to create this image of an Egyptian pharaoh. The gold surrounding frame holds the micromosaic which consists of a white background, Egyptian blue outline, and multitonal hues of reds, greens, and flesh-tone tiles. Price: $3,000 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Enamel and diamond winged pharaoh brooch: another unique piece of Egyptian Revival jewelry, handmade through and through, down to the dangling bell-shaped detail. The white and blue enamel are some of the Egyptian colors consistently used with revival jewelry. There are rose cut diamonds along the wings and a lovely pharaoh in the center. Price: $5,685 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Bloodstone scarab ring: scarabs are carved from many different gemstones sometimes even faience which is not a gemstone. Bloodstone is such a unique gemstone to carve a scarab into--you don't see too many like that! It should be noted that this piece is finely detailed, down to the legs of the scarab being distinctly carved as well. The scarab is set using a pin through the stone and held in place with two small gold beads. The ring is currently a size 7.5 and done in 14k yellow gold--it can easily be sized up or down! Price: $800 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Intricate and striking micromosaic brooch: a masterpiece of tiny glass and stone tiles, this brooch has multiple elements of Egyptian Revival jewelry going on--the pharaoh is first and foremost, then the Etruscan detailing, followed by the motifs of serpents and hieroglyphics depicted throughout. The colors are bright and warm, and the black is a great contrast. This is an example of an earlier Egyptian Revival piece, taking its place during the Victorian Era. Price: $11,375 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
Real beetle fringe necklace: if you want something that will surely strike up a conversation, this real beetle fringe necklace is an ideal piece! It dates back to the Victorian Era during which the first round of Egyptian influence began in the world of jewelry. There are 16 actual scarabs with iridescent green carapaces--and no two are exactly the same! I like to call these Cleopatra's ornaments! CALL FOR PRICE/PURCHASE
Real beetle earrings: of course you must own the earrings if you buy the necklace--OR if you want to try out the real beetle jewelry look but don't want something too large, these earrings are the right idea! They are handmade set in gold frames (of an unknown karat) and use wire to recreate legs and antenna that are visible from the front and continue on the backs. CALL FOR PRICE/PURCHASE
Double serpet scarab brooch: this is one of my favorites! Two serpents go head-to-head creating coiled tails, and encircling a scarab. I love the wings on this brooch--it is already such a powerful piece of symbolizism with the snake representing protection and the scarab representing rebirth and life, and the wings just make it that much more special. A strong piece with a story to tell! Price: $5,750 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
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Taking place on February 5th, 2015 is an auction you don't want to miss! It features some incredible Egyptian Revivial Jewelry from Alex Cooper Auctions, a mid-Atlantic region auction house that has been a reputable company since 1924. They handle all types of auctions, from Art, to coins, oriental rugs, and everything in between! With a jewelry department that has seen some pretty magnificent jewels over the years--like a 6.45 carat rectangular step cut diamond ring circa 1920s and a mourning ring with "G. Washington" inscribed on the front in black enamel (see photos on their website) you'll want to keep them on your radar! Their auction gallery is located in Towson, Maryland and is a state-of-the-art facility where all the action goes down. Not near that area of the US? Don't worry...if you're like me, you'll be logging in online and bidding that way through Invaluable--an auction directory where you can go to log-in and bid on auctions throughout the world, all in one place! If you don't already have an account through Invaluable, make sure to sign up!
The auction taking place on February 5th is special because all 180 lots come from the Estate of Barbara Mertz, a noted American writer and Egyptologist. Ms. Mertz has a background/PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago and is best known for her suspense and mystery novels. More on her fascinating life can be found on her website. This rare collection features some fine pieces that date back to the third century BC! Several pieces of highly-collectible Egyptian Revival jewelry, as well as antique rings and other neat finds. I've picked out some of my favorite pieces above--and although I've never read any of her books, based on her jewelry, I can see she had great taste!
Lot 94: an Edwardian multi-gemstone necklace on a 14k gold rolo chain comprising of mostly quartz and topaz of various colors. Circa 1900s.
Lot 28: Etruscan Revival gold and lapis demi-parure, featuring 14k yellow gold braided necklace with drops of lapis dangling, measuring 15 inches in length, with matching drop earrings. Circa 1880.
Lot 125: a trio of opal and gold rings, two are straight bands one with pearl accents, the other with diamond accents and the third ring is an opal navette ring.
Lot 129: a gold and rose cut diamond mourning ring with a shield motif and repousse flowers on the band, tests 22k gold with some wear to the enamel.
Lot 116: rare natural Alexandrite and diamond cluster ring with a certificate from the American Gemological Laboratories.
Lot 134: a Victorian 9k ring with an inside inscription that reads "From Mother" along with a gold-plated Lord of the Rings souvenir ring.
Lot 78: pair of Art Nouveau pearl dangle earrings set in 14k yellow gold. Circa 1890s.
Lot 74: pair of red stone earrings set in 14k yellow gold. Circa 19th century.
Lot 40: a Victorian and diamond bangle bracelet, with Etruscan granulation details and three Old Mine cut diamonds, all set in 22k & 14k yellow gold. Circa 1880.
Lot 33: thick 14k yellow gold serpent bracelet set with one large garnet and two pink sapphire eyes. Circa mid-19th century.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Alex Cooper Auctions.
Walking around the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas has me thinking about all things Egyptian. I love how during the Art Deco period, Egyptian motifs became popular because of the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Wanted to share this image with my readers of some true Egyptian jewelry, courtesy of Bibliodyssey, which is a mecca of illustrations and art. Definitely Bookmark-worthy.