Friday, 29 April 2011

Egyptian Gemstone Earrings

The ancient Egyptians loved their semi precious gemstones and used them a lot in thier jewellery. I must admit I love them too and use lapis, amethyst, howlite, jasper and quartz when making a lot of my own pieces. I have been working on some Egyptian gemstone earrings over the past few days and love the way they look when combined with these lovely silver coloured Czech tube beads. I hope you love them too. All of these earrings have now been photographed and put on my website in the earring section below. Here are a few pictures of the Amethyst, lapis and jasper ones. A few more can be seen on my website.

Egyptian Inspirations Earrings.

Amethyst Egyptian Earrings

Lapis Egyptian Earrings

Jasper Egyptian Earrings.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Easter Beginnings

My beautiful white howlite pyramid bracelet has been featured in this stunning Easter beginnings treasury on Etsy. I would love for you to show it some love and support by adding a few comments and clicks if you are an Etsy member. Happy Easter to all my followers.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Anck Su Namun Patricia Velásquez

Patricia Velásquez was probaby best known for her role as Anck Su Namun in the Film The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Who could forget her outstanding beauty and the hours it took to paint her fabulous costume. Both of these films and Patricias role in the film helped give me some of the inspiration to create my own jewellery. I can just imagine  Anck Su Namun wearing a lot of my pieces in the film. Can you? I really hope you can.

I am also honoured to say that Patricia is a fan on my facebook page too. Ok I did ask her but she obliged without question. Thanks Patricia. xx

So what is Patricia doing now. Not only is she she a super model but a succesful actress and  worked in many other films and TV production including  “Le Jaguar”, “Zapata”, “Mindhunters”, “Fidel”, “Committed”, “CSI: Miami”, “Arrested Development”, “Rescue Me”, “Ed” and “American Family”,

Most recently she created the Wayúu Tayá Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the Wayúu, a Venezuelan indigenous group.

 In 2010, after the devastating Haiti earthquake, she had the Wayuú Tayá Foundation commission a special symbol of hope to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake along with the slogan: Keep the "H" Close to Your Heart - Help Haiti Hope.

Also to help raise funds the foundation has a gift shop which sells I am happy to add handmade goods including Susu woven bags The bags are hand-made by Wayuú indigenous women at Shukumajaya, the foundation's women center that helps educate women on parenting and nutrition, family planning and hygiene. All bag items are one-of-kind, unless noted in the description.

Please take a moment to have a look at the site and see the amazing work this foundation does.

The Wayuu Taya Foundation

Friday, 15 April 2011

Handmade Jewellery

Handmade jewellery. Why should you buy handmade jewellery rather that buying from the high street? Lots of reasons.

Next time you are thinking of taking a trip to the high street to buy maybe an expensive individual charm bracelet or a blingy cheap fashion accessory think again. For a fraction of the price on the high street you could have a handmade probably unique one off piece that has been carefully designed and created by hand rather than mass churned out in some far away land by probably underpaid workers. Hand made jewellery artists usually use top quality materials. Very often they will make you a piece to your own requirements as well. Very seldom are they expensive.

Handmade jewellery comes in lots of different shapes and sizes and the choice is just amazing. Take a look at some of the Folksy and Etsy shops I have listed on my blog. You will find plenty to choose from there. You are of coarse welcome to browse my own website as well Egyptian Inspirations for a wide choice of unique handmade jewellery. There are many more handmade jewellery artists to choose from. If you are looking to buy locally then look out for local craft fairs.

Please help support handmade jewellery artists by buying handmade items you could very well end up with a very valuble and treasured family heirloom in the future.

Here are just a small selection of of my own work to show the variety of styles which are available on the market today.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Egyptian Earrings and more

Egyptian earrings galore and and necklace to boot. Today's been a busy day but I thought I would let you have a sneek preview of what I have been working on. I haven't added any of the items below to my website yet but if you are interested in any of the items below then drop me a line at
Off to take some pictures now so they can go on the website this evening hopefully.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Ancient Egyptian Jewellery

Today I thought it would be interesting to read a little about Ancient Egyptian Jewellery and would like to share with you the article below written by David Laurent Guffroy.

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Design

Egyptian Jewelry is one of the most beautiful examples of ancient jewelry. Excavations have revealed treasures containing beautiful examples of ancient Egyptian jewelry, with intricate designs and a sense for style, as early as 3500-5000 years ago. Not only is ancient Egyptian jewelry beautiful in design, but also uses gorgeous coloring and precious materials. Precious gemstones and gold metal were common in these designs, gold was their metal of choice.

Many jewelry designs depicted images of birds, scarabs, or beetles, which have a deep religious symbolism for Egyptians. Gemstones were carved with beetles images. Beetles symbolized rebirth. The eye is another symbol represented in Egyptian ancient jewelry. Males and females wore jewelry. It had social status significance - wealth - but also a protection meaning, as jewelry was also worn to be protected from evil. A beauty and adornment approach was also related to wearing jewelry in ancient Egypt, but the main reason was religious and for protection. Wealthy Egyptians and Pharaohs were entombed with their jewelry. It was worn in death as well. It was supposed to serve them in the afterlife, as it was believed.

Much of these treasures have been lost due to thieves who robbed the tombs of wealthy Egyptians and of pharaohs. One of the remaining treasures that were untouched was found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. It offers a live example of wealth on those days. Egyptians also used color in the jewelry design to give different meanings to their creations. Green was a symbol of fertility. Many gemstones were brought from other lands, although most of it was from Egypt.

Egyptians also used polychrome glass to work on their designs when it was too difficult to work with gemstones. Gemstones found in Egyptian ancient jewelry include carnelian, malachite, jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and quartz. The color blue represented by the lapis lazuli meant royalty. Lapis lazuli was brought from Afghanistan. There were many jewelry pieces such as bracelets, earrings, pendants, elaborated headpieces, brooches, clasps, and many other carefully designed pieces. Chest pieces were called pectorals; they were of intricate design and meant to accompany the death to another life. The designs represented their gods.

Other designs include the ankh symbol, also known as the Egyptian key of life, or Egyptian cross, which looks like a cross with a loop on top. It symbolizes life, and was a common symbol. Turquoise was very popular and it signified life and joy as well. Jasper was also commonly used and symbolized the red of Isis, one of their deities, and symbolized fire. Turquoise, unlike Jasper, was easy to work with for their carvings. Malachite necklaces were worn to protect the wearer from epidemics. Carnelian symbolized the blood of life. Other gemstones included amazonite, emerald, and amethyst. The metal by choice was gold and it represented the skin of gods.

David Laurent Guffroy is an e-commerce and domaining expert. He is currently the founder and managing director of body piercings, an online piercing and jewelry store.

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Friday, 8 April 2011

Egyptian Necklaces part two.

I have been working on yet more Egyptian necklaces this week and if I do say so myself I am really chuffed with these three. I can't make my mind up which is my favourite so I will leave it for you to decide which is yours?

Number 1. Egyptian Scarab Bracelet

Number 2 Egyptian Isis Necklace

Number 3 Egyptian Mystic Necklace.

So which is your favourite?

All these Necklaces and more can be purchased from my website below.

Egyptian Inspirations Necklaces

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Egyptian Necklaces

I have been working on these two Egyptian Necklaces this week. Both are completley different in style. Egyptian necklaces come in lots of different designs almost as many as I have in my own head.

Firstly is this wonderful deep blue lapis and Czech seed bead necklace which is of the same design as the recent lapis bracelet I recently featured on an earlier post. This is apoximately 16 inches long and sits quite high on the neck almost as a choker would.

My second Egyptian necklace is more of a Egyptian vintage style. Its created with antique brass chain and golden crystals and gold plated seed beads. This also is appoximately 16 inches long and sits quite high on the neck.

I would really appreciate your comments on these two necklaces as to which design you prefer.

I am working on some more Egyptian necklaces at the moment so I will be posting about those too in the next few days.

All my necklaces can be seen on the following page of my website.

Egyptian Necklaces

Friday, 1 April 2011

The Bracelet of Anubis

Who hasn't heard of "The Bracelet of Anubis"? If you haven't then you haven't watched the films The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

The bracelet of Anubis was worn by the Scorpion King and later to be used to summon the army of Anubis. Later Alex the son of Evie and Rick O'Connell wore the bracelet for most of the film.

"From the minute I put the bracelet on, seven days do I have before the Scorpion King wakes up.
Did you also hear that if you do not enter the pyramid before the sun strikes it on that very morning, that the bracelet will suck the life out of you?"

Imhotep to Alex O'Connell about the bracelet.

This bracelet and many many more of the scenes in this film gave me the inspiration to create my own Egyptian jewellery.

Many ask is this bracelet real? Sadly the answer to that as far as I know is no. However............. it may have not been real in Ancient Egyptian times but it is real today. Sorry I can not take credit for such a creation as this, but a beautiful replica has been created by Toni Stelter.

Here are pictures of her work. The pictures speak for themselves and show the huge amount of talent it must have taken to create this masterpiece. I indeed would be very proud of myself should I have been its creator.

"This bracelet is 6.25" front to back, 9.5" across while in the open position as pictured above."

The attention to detail is outstanding.

Please take time to visit this artisans website to view more of thier work. You won't be dissapointed.

Stelter Creative

Pictures above are used with permission from Stelter Creative.