Handcrafted Ancient Egyptian Jewelry

Handcrafted Ancient Egyptian Jewelry

Bes Necklace in Gold with “Blue Lotus” & “Luxor Pearl” Faience Beads - “Ka Collection”

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.

This contrast of the deep “Blue Lotus” color with the translucent “Luxor Pearl” is a ubiquitous combination of ancient Egypt, found in many of the magnificent wall paintings inside the tombs, temples and palaces. The amulet is in the design of the Egyptian god Bes. This is a brass amulet with a gold-plated oxidized finish. This necklace is 15-3/4 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.

Bes is a wonderfully complex Egyptian God. While he is known as a fierce warrior against all forces of evil, he is also a comedic god. Bes is particularly protective of women and children, and as a result became the god of childbirth. If any evil spirits were lurking around the birthing chamber, Bes would scare them off by dancing, shouting and shaking his rattle. His squat dwarf stature, pot-belly and comedic face made him a favorite among the Egyptian people. It was said that if a baby suddenly laughed or smiled for no reason, it was because Bes was nearby and making funny faces.

This necklace is from the “Ka Collection”. The Ka is a person’s life force. When a body was prepared for the tomb, the ancient Egyptians would bestow great offerings inside the burial chamber to feed the Ka in the afterlife. The Egyptian word Ka means “double”, and is typically inscribed as a hieroglyph of uplifted arms, designating the protecting divine spirit of a person. I strive to evoke the duality of this spirit in the designs.

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