Monday, 26 October 2015

Egyptian Charms

Wedjat Eye Eye of Horus Charm (chr-1840)-335

For all the mysticism and charm that ancient Egypt has, it’s important to remember the history of one of the world’s most powerful empires for what it was: a civilization that at one point ruled most of the world and is responsible for much of the discovery and knowledge that we in the present day possess. It’s why we dedicated an entire section of charms to Egyptian heritage and ancient symbolism.

Equipped with the latest technological marvels of their time, Ancient Egyptians were a powerhouse of invention. This ingenuity made their empire very rich, and royalty spared no expense to decorate themselves with the finest jewellery, from gold necklaces and earrings to extravagant headpieces. Much of Egypt’s gold came from the riverbed of the Nile where it was prevalent. This allowed Egyptians, who favoured customized jewellery pieces over those that were mass-produced, to sell their prized wares to surrounding countries and cultures. They were in many ways the biggest inspiration for jewellery design both in their time and in ours.

The religion of the Ancient Egyptians clearly had a lot of influence on the designs of the jewellery they made. Each symbol and deity held special significance to the people of Egypt; there are several mythological figures that are prominent in the jewellery of this civilization. We’ve modelled many of our charms after these figures which held such a special place in the hearts and minds of the Ancient Egyptians.

  • The Eye of Horus Horus was the god of the sky, and his symbol, the Eye of Horus, is representative of power, wealth and protection. Because ancient legend has it that Horus offered his eye to his father Osiris after his brother Set gouged it out, it is also seen as a symbol of sacrifice. This symbol is used on the tombs of Pharaohs to protect them as they enter the afterlife, and it has even been discovered on Egyptian sailing ships to help seafarers across treacherous waters.

  • Nefertiti Queen Nefertiti, also known as Neferneferuaten, was the wife of Akhenaten and ruled as Pharaoh after her husband’s death in the wealthiest period of the Egyptian royal dynasty. She and her husband were the first to revolutionize Egypt’s religion by worshipping a single god. Her bust, which can be found in Berlin’s Neues Museum, is one of the most famous Egyptian sculptures in the world. Nefertiti preceded Egypt’s most famous Pharaoh, King Tut, and she remains a well-known figure in Egypt’s history.

  • Scarab Beetle – The Ancient Egyptians considered the scarab, a type of dung beetle, to be holy because of its similar behaviours to the of the sun god Ra. In Egyptian mythology, Ra would manifest himself as the god Khepri in the early morning and roll the sun into place for daytime. The Egyptians compared this to the scarab beetle’s habit of rolling dung into balls. Because of this, the scarab beetle is seen in jewellery, sarcophagi, walls and hieroglyphs across the ancient kingdom.

  • Ankh – The Ankh symbol is easily one of the most well-known symbols of the Ancient Egyptians. Few, if any deities are seen without it; the Ankh represents eternal life, something the Egyptians and many other religions believe in. The symbol itself is also called the “breath of life” or “key to the Nile.” Egyptians would carry this symbol with them by either holding it in their hands or dangling it from a necklace. Many people worldwide wear this symbol as a triviality or souvenir from Egypt and have no idea of its meaning, but the Ancient Egyptians treasured it as sacred.

  • Sphinx – Myth and legend have it that the sphinx was a legendary creature that demanded anyone who crossed its path to solve a riddle, or else they would face certain death. If the riddle was solved, the person was allowed to pass. If not, they would be eaten. The sphinx is typically depicted as having a human head, a lion’s body and, on some occasions, the wings of an eagle. Aside from the Ancient Egyptians, the Greeks also had a sphinx figure in their legends. However, the Greek sphinx’s human half was represented by a woman, whereas the Egyptian sphinx was male. The Great Sphinx of Giza is widely known as a symbol of Egypt and appears on the country’s official documents.

Egyptian charms hold a coveted mystery about them and make great gifts for anyone interested in Ancient Egyptian lore or history. Other charms include such notable figures as King Tut, the Pyramids of Giza and more.

Egyptian Charms

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