This is an entirely handcrafted necklace made from kiln-fired Egyptian faience beads. The techniques and artistry I use are precisely those found in the magnificent ancient Egyptian faience artwork created some 5,000 years ago. The sintered-quartz ceramic I create is made from exactly the same type of minerals the Egyptians drew from the sands of their deserts and the silts of the Nile.
Warm Wadi Sand tones stretching out to a cool and piecing blue Egyptian Sky are the inspiration for this piece. The magnificent colors embodied within Ancient Egypt, both natural and man-made, provide an endless palette of delight and wonder. The amulet is in the design of the Egyptian Ankh with an embossed Was Scepter atop a Djed Pillar. This is a brass amulet with a silver-plated oxidized finish. This necklace is 16 inches long, falling between a choker and princess length. Please note the images shown are of one particular necklace, and are for display purposes only. The necklace you order will undoubtedly have slight variations of the variegated tones and shapes within the beads and amulet. The is the nature of Egyptian Faience and metal casting, and consequently part of it’s beauty and allure.
The Ankh is probably the most recognizable ancient Egyptian symbol and represents the word for "life" and, by definition, is a symbol of life itself. The Was-scepter is a symbol of power representing control over the forces of chaos, while the Djed Pillar is an ancient Egyptian symbol representing stability. The Djed Pillar is attributed to the creator god known as Ptah or Osiris, the God of the afterlife, and is meant to represent his spine.
The Ancient Egyptian “Ba” is a spiritual entity often depicted as a human-headed bird. It is essentially a part of one’s soul that can travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. In many aspects it is similar to our own western concept of the soul. However the ancient Egyptians held that the Ba was more of a spirit that evoked an “impression” or “effect”, even a “reputation” before others, of one’s true and primal nature. Hence, the Ba becomes much more than our own understanding of one’s soul, as it is also the impression one makes with her soul. Later, the Greeks would adopt the word “psyche” in place of the Egyptian Ba. The designs within this collection were created with the aspiration to imbue these pieces of this spirit.