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 Egyptian Sky blue I achieve with these beads is a particular hue prized by the Pharaohs through the ages and found in much of their art and jewelry. I particularly like this cool color played against the warm Wadi Sand tones. 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 gold-plated oxidized finish. This necklace is 16-1/2 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 Ouroborus is an ancient Egyptian symbol depicted as a serpent biting its own tail. This motif represents rebirth, renewal, recovery and awakening and appears throughout the Book of the Dead. The Egyptian text tells the story of the creator God Atum rising from the dark chaotic depths of the primeval waters of the Nun to take on the form of a serpent. Atum then renews himself each morning by biting his own tail. Hence the Ouroborus has come to represent the triumph of rebirth and resurrection over the formless disorder of a chaotic world. Through the centuries, this vital ancient Egyptian symbol has found its way into several cultures and beliefs from Greece to India. My hope is to capture the spirt and precepts of the Ouroborus within this collection.