Ancient Egypt, a civilization that once dominated, is now remembered in folklore, myths, and stories. The mysteries of the land of pharaohs is a fascinating tale loved by archaeologists, historians, and the general public. But throughout the recent past, there have been many resurgences of Egyptian styles and motifs. Yes, we are talking about Ancient Egyptian Gold Jewelry.
In some ways, this cradle of civilization can be called the place where the concept of jewelry originated. Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to be seen wearing jewelry made of gold. Before them the concept of making jewelry with gold didn’t exist, it was they who first started using gold for amulets, and pendants and later improvised by adding gemstones to it.
Significance of Ancient Egyptian Jewelry
Ancient Egyptian jewelry had both practical and symbolic significance.
Ancient Egyptian jewelry had both practical and symbolic significance. On a practical level, it was used to adorn and beautify the body. Jewelry was also used to indicate social status and wealth. Pharaohs and other royal family members often wore elaborate jewelry made from precious materials such as gold and precious stones.
Symbolically, jewelry was believed to have protective powers and was often used in amulets and talismans. Many pieces of jewelry were adorned with hieroglyphics and other symbols that had religious and spiritual significance. For example, the Eye of Horus was a common symbol found on jewelry and was believed to protect the wearer from harm.
Additionally, in ancient Egypt jewelry was also used in burials. Egyptians were buried with their jewelry as they believed that they would need it in the afterlife. Jewelry was also used as a form of currency.
Gemstones and Jewelry of the Pharaohs
The ancient Egyptian placed great importance on the use of color in jewelry and other decorative items.
The colors of the jewelry of Pharaohs and other members of the royal court symbolized certain attributes and their status. Some of the most commonly used colors in ancient Egyptian jewelry were:
- Gold: Gold was considered to be the skin of the gods and was therefore highly valued. Today, it is still used in jewelry and other decorative items as a symbol of wealth and power.
- Blue: The color blue was associated with the Nile and the heavens and was often used in jewelry to symbolize life, power, and immortality.
- Red: The color red was associated with the god of the sun, Ra, and was often used to symbolize power, strength, and vitality.
- Green: The color green was associated with new life and was often used in jewelry to symbolize rejuvenation and rebirth.
- Black: The color black was associated with the underworld and was often used in jewelry to symbolize the afterlife.
Ancient Egyptians placed great value on gemstones and used them in various forms of jewelry and as decorative elements in tombs and temples. Some of the most commonly used gemstones in ancient Egypt were:
- Turquoise: The ancient Egyptian believed turquoise to have protective powers. They used it to make beads, amulets, and inlay for jewelry and other decorative items.
- Carnelian: Carnelian was a popular gemstone among used to make beads, rings, and pendants. According to the Egyptians, carnelian had healing properties and they used it in amulets to protect them against illness.
- Lapis Lazuli: Egyptians loved lapis lazuli. They believed it to have powerful magical properties and used it to make beads, pendants, and inlay for jewelry and other decorative items.
- Amethyst: Amethyst was another one of their favorites and they believed that it had protective powers. They used amethyst to make beads, rings, and other types of jewelry.
- Obsidian: Obsidian is a volcanic glass used for making beads, amulets, and tools by ancient Egyptians.
In addition to these stones, ancient Egyptians used precious materials like gold, silver, and precious gems like emeralds. Precious stones were even imported from other regions for use in their jewelry and other decorative items.
5. Obsidian: Obsidian is a volcanic glass used for making beads, amulets, and tools by ancient Egyptians.
In addition to these stones, precious materials such as gold, silver, and precious gems like emeralds, were also highly valued by the ancient Egyptians. They would also import precious stones from other regions for use in their jewelry and other decorative items.
Now that we have discussed the basics of Ancient Egyptian jewelry, let us take a look at some exciting options from Takar Jewelry:
Egyptian Gold Pendant:
The Solid Gold Hathor Egyptian Goddess Pendant Necklace is the first one on our list. Hathor was one of the major goddesses of Ancient Egypt. She is the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure and is the mother of Horus, the sky god. She is a symbol of fertility and takes many female forms, including that of a cow.
This unique Egyptian gold pendant holds Hathor at the center of the pendant in all her glory. In Egyptian architecture, she was often represented as a female with cow ears, just like our pendant.
The Solid 14k Gold Diamond Eye of Horus Disc Pendant Necklace is next on our list. This Egyptian pendant features the eye of Horus design set in a textured round-shaped medallion. The border of the medallion is studded with round diamonds.
Horus was the Egyptian god of the sky, whose eyes were said to be the sun and the moon. Horus the Elder was the last born of the first five original gods. He was one of the most important of all the avian deities.
The Eye of Horus is used as a symbol of prosperity and protection. It is believed to have healing properties and is often used as a protective amulet.
Gold Egyptian Necklace:
The last one on our list is the Egyptian God of Sun Necklace in Solid Gold. Ra, the sun god, is the king or father of all gods. He was worshipped by the pharaohs as the primary Egyptian deity.
Ra is represented by a large, golden disc. In his human form, he can be seen as a man with a hawk head, wearing a golden disc on his head, with a serpent wrapped around the base.
In this beautiful gold Egyptian necklace, Ra is represented as a falcon with a sun disc in both 10k and 14k in rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold.
With all said and done, ancient Egyptian jewelry is a remembrance of a civilization that is not just mysterious but has tons of secrets buried deep within.
It’s not only about protection and prosperity charms, it’s about believing in life beyond death. Of providing your loved one with means to help them make their journey to the afterlife. Its an integral part of a world that even a thousand years later, still holds a lot of fascination and significance for being one of the greatest civilizations in the world.
Takar Jewelry offers a versatile collection of Egyptian jewelry to select from. Check out the pieces mentioned above or visit our website for more!
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