Ancient Egyptians loved jewelry. From paupers and peasants, to pharaohs and queens, every Egyptian, men and women alike, wore makeup and jewelry as an expression of their culture. In fact, most Egyptians believed that wearing jewelry could help to safely carry them into the afterlife. That makes perfect sense, when you think about the amazing treasures that have been discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb and many others in Egypt. (Of course, there’s a lot of legend and lore about the curse that supposedly befalls those tomb raiders.)
We’re still fascinated by, and in love with, Egyptian jewelry today, and you don’t have to think too hard about why that is. It is absolutely beautiful. From incredibly ornate necklaces and cuff bracelets, to the simplest earrings and rings, iconic Egyptian images loom large. Scarabs and goddesses played big roles in Egyptian culture and became a staple in jewelry designs, as did many interesting symbols and signs. Semi-precious gemstones like malachite, turquoise, carnelian, amethyst and lapis were often incorporated into gold, copper and bronze designs. When you consider the expertise of Egyptian jewelers, it’s pretty mind-blowing what they created more than 4,000 years ago.
For the sake of making your shopping more fun and interesting, we’ve picked some of ancient Egypt’s most well-known icons, and curated a gallery of beautiful jewelry choices, embellished with some interesting history, for your entertainment pleasure. We’ve ended with a bit of Cleopatra style, because she is one of our favorites. She was both beautiful, and smart – a true goddess in her own right. For an interesting look at a few facts you might not know about the Queen of the Nile, find out more about her here. Plus, you don’t have to worry about any curses befalling you when you buy and wear this gorgeous jewelry , pressure cooke .
Whether movies like Cleopatra, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tomb Raiders or The Mummy have caused you to covet some Egyptian jewelry of your own, there’s no question, each piece makes a bold statement of your power, philosophy and style. Here are our favorite Top 10 Best Egyptian Jewelry Designs. (Editor’s note: No one was cursed in the writing of this post, or the wearing of this jewelry.)