The quantity and quality of an Egyptian’s jewellery portrays their wealth and status, as well as acting as a protection against evil. This is shown by their strong belief that by collecting many amulets throughout their lifetime it will heighten their protection from evil in their afterlife.
With a new replacement value of £765 this turquoise stoned Egyptian pendant paired with an 18k gold chain exhibits Isis; the Goddess of wisdom, health and marriage who was specifically chosen as the protector of children as well as life after death. Isis’ most famous temple is placed within the Nile delta, the hue of colour in which the turquoise gem captures, closely mirrors that of its waters. According to the myth of Isis the reason behind the Nile’s annual flooding is due to the many tears she wept once her husband, Osiris (who is also her brother) who was brutally murdered by Set. Since first being mined over 5,000 years ago, Turquoise is a popular choice for the Egyptian community due to the stones association with cleanliness, healing and joy.
Gold is viewed by the Egyptians as the “divine metal” due to its shiny finish and rich colour which significantly resembles the sun, consequently resulting in the mass usage of the material in ‘death masks’ and traditional funeral art for high status Pharaohs. Similar to this, the Egyptian community believes that colours are symbolic. For example, blue is the colour of royalty, green encourages fertility and heightens the chance of high crop yields, and the colour red is worn on necklaces of the newly deceased in belief that it will satisfy Isis’s craving for blood. “Symbolism motifs were equally as important as colour”, therefore the Scarab (or dung) beetle act as a symbol for re-birth due to the animal’s natural instincts to roll faeces into spheres up to six times its own size as a birthing ground for its offspring. This scarab charm put in for valuation from one of our customers would retail for £125 alone.