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