The ancient Egyptians loved ornamentation. The first evidence of jewelry-making in Egypt dates from around 3,500 to 5,000 years ago.
Jewelry for the Egyptians was valued not only for beauty but also for the magical and spiritual protection it provided for its wearer. Most believed it held religious significance and was a protection from evil. Minerals and metals were identified with specific deities as well as with specific spiritual and therapeutic values. Their words for lapis lazuli and turquoise were synonymous with joy and delight, respectively. Copper and malachite were identified with Hathor. Gold was used to represent the Sun God. Hues of blue represented the heavens, while red represented blood and Isis.
Jewelry was not just for use in life; it was also worn in death to assist the journey to, and serve as comforts in, the afterlife.
I am very excited to finally see this project through after it began as a seedling of an idea almost two years ago. Since then, it has been a constant work in progress, ever-growing and ever-changing. While I certainly could have released it within a few months after the initial idea hit, I always felt the time wasn't quite right. And so I continued to think, read, and gather components until I felt ready to bring the project to my work table. At this point, all I can say is FINALLY!
Because a number of the components used in this update were gathered months if not years ago, there are many items here that are truly one-of-a-kind and are impossible to recreate. However, there are also many pieces that can be made to order, especially those that are wire-based, so please ask if something you love has been sold!
Enough chattering! I present you with Artifacts of Egypt: