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.
The blues of Egyptian Sky and Blue Lotus playing against the neutral Luxor Pearl were drawn from the stunning and remarkably preserved interior ceiling and wall paintings of the Hathor Dendera Temple. The amulet is in the design of an ancient Egyptian Djed Pillar. This is a solid Sterling Silver amulet. 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 Djed is a sacred ancient Egyptian symbol that stands for stability and is associated with the god Osiris, specifically his spine. Osiris is the god of the afterlife, while his brother Set is known as the god of chaos, the desert, storms, disorder and violence. Once visiting his brother Set, Osiris was tricked into climbing into a sarcophagus that was fashioned by Set to his brother’s exact size. Once inside, Osiris suffocated and died and Set quickly cast the sarcophagus into the Nile. After many days the sarcophagus washed up on the shores of Byblos, in Syria. A sacred cedar tree grew rapidly around the sarcophagus, encasing it within its trunk. The King of Byblos was amazed at the tree’s quick growth and ordered the tree felled to become a pillar inside his palace. Meanwhile Osiris’ wife Isis had been searching for her husband and learned that his body was inside the pillar. The Goddess Isis disguised herself as an old woman and garnered favor from the King by teaching the handmaidens how to plait their hair and became nursemaid to the young princes and was consequently granted the cedar pillar as a boon. She brought this back with her to Egypt where she removed her husband and revived him to life. Isis consecrated the pillar as an omen of resurrection, immortality, and order from chaos; hence the Djed has become a symbol of implacable stability in the face of adversity and evil.
The Shen is an Ancient Egyptian symbol depicted as a stylized circle of rope with both ends tied together at the bottom. The name comes from the Egyptian word “shenu” which literally means to encircle. In addition to ubiquitous inscriptions and paintings within tombs, temples and palaces, the Shen can be also found in many forms of Ancient Egyptian jewelry like earrings, rings and necklaces, and when worn or held was known as a device of eternal protection. It’s with this essence I designed the Shenu Collection.