Khepri Kheshed Scarab Egyptian Revival Earrings. Art Deco and Ancient Egyptian Inspired. For The Flirtatious Flapper Or Gorgeous Goddess.
The focus of this design are the beautifully detailed blackened scarab stampings made from patinated brass. The inspiration for this design comes more from the Art Deco inspired jewellery made in the 1920’s after the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, rather than that of the true ancient Egyptian style jewellery but I have included the semi precious stones much loved and prized by the Ancient Egyptians- Carnelian, Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli.
The ancient Egyptians called Carnelian "the setting sun." In its orange hues, they identified it with the receptive or passive female energies, and associated it with the mother goddess, Isis. In its red, red-orange to reddish brown shades, they considered it the active male energy stone, recognized by its glowing vibrant colour. Carnelian is traditionally worn to enhance passion, love, and desire.
The Egyptians powdered Lapis Lazuli to make the colour ultramarine, and used it as eye shadow. It was one of the most favourite stones of the Egyptians. It was thought to be sacred to the star goddess Nuit of the heavens and to Maat, the goddess of truth and balance. If you wished to call upon one of these Goddesses, you placed a piece of Lapis Lazuli as an offering on your altar. The Egyptian Sun god Ra was also described as having Lapis Lazuli hair, which was symbolic of the heavens. The association may have come about due to the golden 'Sun' flecks in the blue stone. The stone continued to have such positive symbolic associations into Late Period Egypt, becoming known as 'kheshed', which meant 'joy' or 'delight'. Protective amulets and talismans were often carved onto this precious stone.
The ancient Egyptians used the stone for its protective qualities and thought that it would protect one from doom and an untimely death. It was also thought to make one less vulnerable and was aptly placed on swords, turbans and knives.
The ancient Egyptians saw how these beetles lived and emerged from dry ground and used this as a metaphor for the entombing and resurrection of their mummies. In this way the beetle became the Egyptian symbol for rebirth. The Egyptians also observed the beetle rolling its egg ball along the ground, and the ball was identified with the sun and the beetle with the god Khepri who pushed the ball of the sun across the sky.
✩Earring Size (all measurements are approximate)✩
8.5cm from top of earwire to bottom
(2.5cm =1 inch)
Earrings suitable for- pierced ears and because of the large kidney wire findings these earrings are also suitable to wear through gauged flesh tunnels.Due to the integral design of the beads and ear findings a direct swap for non-pierced finding is not available. But if you like this design I could make you something very similar with a non-pierced finding. I can also make shorter pierced version using regular earwires. Just add a message to me on your "shopping cart/Add a note to your order" to say what sort of ear-wire/finding that you want. If you do not include a message I will assume that you want the finding as shown in the photo.
Your purchase will come gift wrapped in a lovely organza bag, acid free coloured/patterned tissue paper (colour+patterns may vary depending on season/item) and a sturdy outer packing mini corrugated cardboard box, ready to give as a loving gift to someone special or for a treat for yourself.
If you have any special requests, please ask.
✩The hand photo✩
Meet Mephisto the measuring hand, he will help show you the rough scale of the jewellery. The hand is exactly the same size as my own hand (I’m an average UK ladies size 7 glove).
If you like these earrings see my other listings for a beautiful co-ordinating necklace, or if none are listed message me and request a custom design.The last photo shows the co-ordinating necklace.