Accessorise like an Egyptian
Okay, we confess – the cult song by the Bangles called “Walk Like An Egyptian” inspired the title of this article – which we are sure you have figured out already! But there is where the similarities end – we are not going to tell you to walk, talk or be like an Egyptian, but we are certainly going to show you how to accessorise like one!
Egyptian motifs are a very chic addition to your jewellery collection. Not only do they look beautiful, they usually have a significant symbolism associated with them, which adds that glamour to what you are wearing.
For example, take the cartouche (pronounced kar-toosh). It is an oval shaped pendant which usually has the wearers name, inscribed on it in the Egyptian alphabet – or rather, the symbols that are their alphabet.
The Egyptians used pictorial symbols to depict what they wanted to say – something you will recall seeing in the photographs of the insides of the pyramids or on any Egyptian artefact. Cartouches were usually worn by kings and were said to protect them from any harm. So if you wear a cartouche today, it serves the same purpose.
Scarab beetle motifs are also quite popular because they signify rebirth and resurrection. When Egyptian royalty were buried in the pyramids, a scarab crafted from green stone would always be placed on their crossed arms, so as to ensure their rebirth. Scarab beetles as a pendant or a ring, would bring you good luck and take care of your health, it is believed.
Another popular motif or Egyptian theme, which is a favourite with youngsters today, is the ankh. The ankh is a symbol of life and has strong restorative and spiritual capacities. Often crafted in precious metal like gold and silver, an ankh is often warn as a symbol of protection – to ward away the evil eye.
The eye of Horus is another favourite symbol which many rings and pendants and even brooches sport – it is again, like the ankh, meant to ward away evil eyes and any negative thoughts that may be directed towards you.
Wearing Egyptian symbolism as jewellery is fast catching fad – broad bracelets and necklaces which cover the front portion of your neck are favourites for brides and fashionistas – and are crafted to mimic the jewellery worn by Egyptian queens – and the stones used also generally hark back to that era. Diamonds, rubies and garnets, as well as turquoise and emerald are hot favourites. Necklaces and bracelets that are inspired by Egyptian designs often are intricately detailed and heavy – the Egyptians were not scared of wearing lots of jewellery!
So the next time you are out shopping, pick up some Egyptian accessories – not only will you look chic, you will also be protected from harm – or so they say!