"Osiris and the Four Sons of Horus" (detail). Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965) and Hugh R. Hopgood. Original: New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III–Akhenaten, ca. 1400–1352 B.C. Original from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, el-Khokha, Tomb of Nebamun and Ipuky (TT 181), MMA Graphic Section, 1915, tempera on paper. Rogers Fund, 1930 30.4.157
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Inspired by Ancient Egypt: Contemporary Jewelry with Modern Appeal

Our new jewelry pays homage to luxurious broad collars and Horus, one of the most powerful gods in ancient Egypt

To the ancient Egyptians, who associated certain animals with specific deities, the falcon was a sacred creature. They linked the soaring bird of prey with Horus, the falcon-headed king of the gods.

God Horus Protecting King Nectanebo II. Late Period, Dynasty 30, reign of Nectanebo II. From Egypt; Said to be from Memphite Region, Heliopolis (Iunu; On), Tomb of a Mnevis bull. Meta-Greywacke, 360–343 B.C. Rogers Fund, 1934 34.2.1

As the chief god, Horus embodied the concept of kingship and therefore protected the ruling pharaoh. The falcon-god also had long-standing ties to the sky and thus to the sun, and remained a powerful deity for almost three millennia (ca. 3100 B.C.–A.D. 395).

Inlay depicting “Horus of Gold.” Late Period–Ptolemaic Period. From Egypt; Possibly from Middle Egypt, Hermopolis (Ashmunein; Khemenu). Faience, 4th century B.C. Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926 26.7.996

The Met collection houses a number of important falcon images, including those that protect the name of King Senwosret II (Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, ca. 1887–1878 B.C.). One such falcon is seen on Princess Sithathoryunet’s spectacular pectoral, made of gold with semiprecious stones (below).

Another example, which served as one of the inspirations for our unique jewelry, is a detail found on an ancient Egyptian broad collar in The Met collection, shown below. The original broad collar belonged to one of the three foreign wives of Thutmose III; the king’s name is inscribed on the backs of the falcon-headed terminals indicating it was a gift to his wife.  By the New Kingdom (ca. 1550–1070 B.C.), broad collar necklaces were the most frequently worn pieces of jewelry among the royalty and elite in ancient Egypt.

Broad collar. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III. From Egypt; Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Qabbanat el-Qurud, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III (Wadi D, Tomb 1). Gold, carnelian, obsidian, glass, ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Fletcher Fund, 1926; Purchase, Frederick P. Huntley Bequest, 1958; Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1966 26.8.59a

Lend an air of timeless allure (and Egyptian royalty) to your look with these accessories. Our Egyptian Falcon jewelry (below) is crafted in satin-finish 18K gold plate with hand-applied black and red enamel; the earring posts are sterling silver.

Left: Egyptian Falcon Earrings, $65. Right: Egyptian Falcon Pin, $55.

Our coordinating Egyptian Fringe and Egyptian Bead designs (below) take their eternal appeal from ancient Egyptian broad collars and tubular beads in The Met collection. The Egyptian Fringe Collar Necklace features 18K gold plate with reconstituted turquoise, carnelian, and black glass beads; it is 16 inches long with a 2-inch extender. Strung with colorful carnelian, lapis, and aventurine beads, our 52-inch Egyptian Carnelian and Lapis Bead Necklace is decorated with small gold glass beads; its toggle clasp is 14K gold plate.

Both necklaces can be worn with matching earrings, shown, as well as with tasteful bracelets in similar designs.

Left: Egyptian Fringe Collar Necklace, $225. Right: Egyptian Fringe Drop Earrings, $80.

Left: Egyptian Carnelian and Lapis Bead Necklace, $250. Right: Egyptian Carnelian and Lapis Drop Earrings, $65.

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