Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This piece of Ancient Egyptian jewelry belonged to King Tut-ankh-amun. It symbolizes the birth of the moon and the sun and was worn during the king's coronation.

Friday, November 13, 2015

MATRIX OPALS
The matrix opal has a dark background, against which bright flecks of colors create beautiful patterns and shapes.
L'Odyssée de Cartier high jewellery necklace in platinum set with a matrix opal, cushion-cut emerald, brown diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds.
The most expensive gem in the world
Selling for $48.5 million, the once in a 'Blue Moon' stone, a Fancy Vivid blue diamond of 12.03 carats, became the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction, setting new records for any diamond of any color, or any gemstone, price-per-carat for any diamond, or any gemstone, and for any jewel.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BY TIME PERIOD: EGYPT 1332–1323 B.C.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

JEWELRY BY THEME: EGYPTIAN REVIVAL, CIRCA 1910
Set in the center with an egg-shaped cabochon turquoise, framed by fan-shaped lotuses applied with turquoise-colored, green, black and white enamel, accented by rectangular-shaped and fancy-shaped topazes, and white opal segments, supporting a pear-shaped white opal pendant, the top framed by small rose-cut diamonds, signed G. Fouquet
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

Monday, November 2, 2015

JEWELRY BY THEME: EGYPTIAN REVIVAL
The British popularized Egyptian styling after the 1798 Battle of the Nile, and the style spread across Europe. The popularity of Egyptian art peaked again in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales’ visit to Egypt in 1862 and then again when the British took control of Egypt in the 1880s. Studies done of ancient ruins and places sparked demand for Egyptian designs. After the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the popularity of Egyptian style ands motifs spread like wildfire throughout the western world.
Egyptian jewelry conjured images of ancient opulence, culture and mysterious symbols. Revival designs were often copied directly from Egyptian amulets worn for luck. The eye of Horus (healing and protection ), scarabs and lotus flowers ( rebirth and resurrection ), and the Ankh ( eternal life ) were among the most popular.
Revival pieces used enamel inlays in the plique à jour style to showcase animals like falcons, jackals, scarab beetles and cobras. Bib necklaces and fringed earrings inlaid with semi-precious stones or rhinestones were made and worn around the world.
Pictured, a Scarab Brooch in Silver with plique a jour enamel. Circa 1925