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We’ve based our newest jewelry on lovely flowers from ancient Egypt, motifs with both allure and power

New for 2019, our Egyptian Rosette jewelry interprets faience beads from ancient Egypt in new ways. Perfect for layering and stacking, our jewelry nods to lustrous objects that are thousands of years old, with designs that are fresh, fun, and great for every season.

Egyptian Rosette Station Bracelet, $95, and Double Pendant Necklace, $85, in coral and blue

 

The two ancient beads in The Met collection are shaped like blossoms, and were fashioned during Dynasty 18 of the New Kingdom, about 1390–1353 B.C. Though created using ordinary materials, faience enjoyed an important status among precious stones and metals in ancient Egypt. The bright blue glaze was linked with fertility, life, and the gleaming qualities of the sun. Faience’s color and shine, features closely tied to the gift of life, contributed to an object’s magical properties.

Daisy bead (left) and daisy pendant. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III. Faience” 9/16″D (left) and 1″D; ca/ 1390–1353 B.C. Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.215.254 and 11.215.244)

 

“Although this design might look like what we today would call a daisy,” says Diana Craig Patch, Lila Acheson Wallace Curator in Charge of The Met’s Department of Egyptian Art, “this pattern is based on a different flower, one found in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians used rosettes to decorate many different things, including jewelry.” 

 

A fanciful twist on an ancient motif, our newest jewelry line conjures images of freshly picked blooms. 

 

Available in a range of colors and styles, these chic earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings will stand out with any look, at work or on the weekend. Wear them on their own as a reflection of your bold style. Or mix and match however you’d like with our other Egyptian Rosette pieces.

Egyptian Rosette Openwork Drop Earrings, $95

 

Shop Egyptian Rosette jewelry and hundreds more art-inspired gifts at store.metmuseum.org.

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