The Egyptians are revered for their many accomplishments – the ancient civilization built the pyramids and devised hieroglyphics. But, in our opinion, their greatest achievement was their jewelry.
The earliest signs of jewelry making began in Egypt. Citizens who wore gold items were regarded as powerful and intelligent, and were respected in society. To display their wealth and power, Egyptians would cover themselves in gold bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.
The influence of the Egyptians on modern jewelry is astounding. One of the most prominent shapes that made its way into popular culture is the Ankh, the ancient hieroglyphic character that meant "eternal life," and the cartouche, an oblong symbol which contained a royal name.
Egyptians also used rich, colorful stones in their gold jewelry, a style that can still be seen today, such as on the runways and on fashionistas.
To add some timeless style to your look, opt for bold pieces in gold that are accentuated with rich, vibrant stones. Search for cuff bracelets that are at least an inch thick and don bold, heavy rings. For earrings and necklaces, the bigger your pieces are, the better.
Modern jewelry is wonderful, but looking back through history can be inspiring. Think of it as deconstructing the fashion of the past, and take the time to research some Egyptian jewelry – then stock up on your own.