The Egyptian Revival Pearl Pendant

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The Egyptian Revival Pearl Pendant

2,300.00

Metal: 18K Gold

Stone: Pearl

Era: 1870

Size: 1.8" from bale to bottom / 1.3" Long / .75" Wide

What You Should Know: Victorian Chain Sold Separately. Pendant has a secret clear compartment on back, perfect for a picture! With casing. 

You know when a trend just won’t go away? This is one where we are actually thankful for its longevity. It’s intrigue, craftsmanship, and beauty has us wishing this fad never fades.

During Napoleon’s campaign in Northern Africa during the 1700’s, a trickle down effect appeared in popular jewelry designs of the time. Egyptian themes and symbols were popping up in rings, brooches, pendants, and bracelets and were being scooped up by anyone who could get their hands on them. This craze was the inspiration called Egyptian Revival, and that wasn’t the last time we would see it emerge in history.

In the 1860's, work was being done on the Suez Canal, sparking a new interest in traditional Egyptian themes. This was only fueled more when Auguste Mariette performed unprecedented excavations in Cairo and the surrounding areas. His discoveries were put on display during the 1867 Exposition Universelle and people could just not get enough. During the Victorian era, jewelry was being produced featured motifs such as scarabs, lotus flowers, ankhs, pharaoh heads, and sphinxes.

Egyptian Revival Jewelry would surface again in the Art Deco Era. This phase of Egyptian Revival can be described as a little more subtle than previous iterations, with small symbolic gestures snuck in here and there. The bold colors and distinct shapes of ancient Egypt spoke to the jewelry lovers of the 1920’s and 30’s.

This insane pendant dates to the second wave of Egyptian Revival during the mid to late 19th century. Colorful enamel work creates the profile of an unknown pharaoh, giving this piece some ancient opulence. The enamel portrait is surrounded by classic yellow gold and a halo of natural pearls. The opposite side holds an open face locket, holding a piece of glass over cloth (memorial perhaps, but perfect for a picture!). A piece of relatively recent history celebrating ancient history. This one has beauty and brains. 

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