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 warm neutral tones of Wadi Sand and Luxor Pearl juxtaposed to the verdant Wadj Green make this necklace a standout. I drew inspiration of Egyptian desert sand playing against the deep greens of the Nile. The amulet is in the design of the Egyptian goddess Hathor. 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 most famous Goddess of Ancient Egypt is Hathor. Known as the Goddess of Beauty; yet her’s is never a vain or shallow beauty. Rather she is assured of her own allure and grace and loved all that was alluring and graceful around her. Hathor is known as the “Mistress of Life” and is the embodiment of love, joy, romance, music, dance and celebration. Hathor’s cult is directly connected with the fragrance myrrh; considered most precious by Ancient Egyptians and to embody all of the wonderful qualities of the female sex.
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.