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Bespoke Handmade Egyptian jewellery all handmade and mostly unique and inspired by the images and thoughts surrounding the magical times of ancient Egypt. Most of the materials used in the Egyptian jewellery on this website have at some time been used by the ancient Egyptians in their own jewellery, such as Amethyst, quartz and lapis lazuli beads. Such gemstones played an important role in ancient Egyptian lives and in their own Egyptian jewellery too.
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History of Egyptian Jewellery
Taken from the Wikipedia under the CC-BY-SA Licence.
The first signs of established jewellery making in Ancient Egypt was around 3,000-5,000 years ago.The Egyptians preferred the luxury, rarity, and workability of gold over other metals. Predynastic Egypt had Jewellery in Egypt soon began to symbolise power and religious power in the community. Although it was worn by wealthy Egyptians in life, it was also worn by them in death, with jewellery commonly placed among grave goods.
In conjunction with gold jewellery, Egyptians used coloured glass in place of precious gems. Although the Egyptians had access to gemstones, they preferred the colours they could create in glass over the natural colours of stones. For nearly each gemstone, there was a glass formulation used by the Egyptians to mimic it. The colour of the jewellery was very important, as different colours meant different things; the Book of the Dead dictated that the necklace of Isis around a mummy’s neck must be red to satisfy Isis’s need for blood, while green jewellery meant new growth for crops and fertility. Although lapis lazuli and silver had to be imported from beyond the country’s borders, most other materials for jewellery were found in or near Egypt, for example in the Red Sea, where the Egyptians mined Cleopatra's favourite gem, the emerald. Egyptian jewellery was predominantly made in large workshops attached to temples or palaces.
Egyptian designs were most common in Phoenician jewellery. Also, ancient Turkish designs found in Persian jewellery suggest that trade between the Middle East and Europe was not uncommon. Women wore elaborate gold and silver pieces that were used in ceremonies.
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