Everything You Need to Know About Egyptian Jewelry
Ancient Egypt, has long been taken as a symbol of mystery, whether it is the pyramids, the Sphinx, or the mysterious mummies and Egyptian hieroglyphics, are all mysteries that modern people are keen to solve. Ancient Egyptian civilization existed for nearly 3,000 years in history and was formed around 6,000 years ago (4,000 B.C.), leaving us, more than 5,000 years later, a splendid and mysterious wealth of spiritual civilization, one of the most celebrated civilization wealth is the beautiful and mysterious ancient Egyptian jewelry.
In ancient time, Egyptian jewelry was a symbol of wealth and status. People wore jewelry not only for the pursuit of beauty by nature, but also for some specific religious significance and mysterious magic power - it could protect the wearer from evil.
The use of jewelry was very widespread in ancient Egypt, all classes of society, from the pharaohs down to the commoners, the living dead, men and women, everyone wore jewelry, even the sacred animals were no exception. Historical data show that as early as five thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians used natural materials to create simple jewelry, such as using linen or cow hair to wear twigs, shells, beads, stones, bones and other materials, as jewelry to wear. In order to make those simple jewelry more beautiful, they also applied some shiny substances on it.
In the mind of ancient Egyptians, the gods were the masters of the universe and the pharaohs were the kings of the earth, so people liked to decorate holy objects with precious jewelry to express their devotion and veneration, and the totemic civilization was one of them. Many things we know now, such as cobras, lions, cats, bearded wolves, eagles and so on, were given auspicious colors with symbolic meanings by them. And now, people are keen to use the mysterious symbols of ancient Egypt and the sublime gods as one of the elements of the jewelry, so that people can know at a glance that this is Egyptian style jewelry. So what Egyptian symbols and their meanings do you know? What were the gods that were revered in ancient Egypt?
Egyptian eye symbol
Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus is a symbol of guardianship, wisdom and health. This symbol comes from the god Horus, the god of heaven represented in the form of a hawk or hawk-headed man. Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis. His right eye is white, representing the sun, and his left eye is black, representing the moon. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Horus’ uncle Kwen Saiet killed Osiris. To avenge his father's death, Horus fought a fierce battle with Set and lost his left eye during the battle. The god of magic and the moon, Thoth, used his divine power to heal Horus’ eye. Horus offered his eye to Osiris, and Osiris was reborn. Thus the Eye of Horus often symbolizes sacrifice, healing, restoration and protection. It symbolizes a powerful protective force. The ancient Egyptians believed that the falcon was an incarnation of Horus, the creator god of the heavens.
Eye of Ra
The Eye of Ra is similar to the Eye of Horus. It is called the Eye of Ra because the right eye of Horus symbolizes the sun, and the sun god at that time was Ra.
Ankh is the letter of the Egyptian hieroglyphic script (also known as the sacred script), which is interpreted as life. It is a symbol of life and a sign of kingship. Some ancient Egyptian gods held the circle of the sign of life, or the sign of life in each hand, crossed on the chest. The Latin term for this symbol is crux ansata, which means "cross with a handle".
There are many interpretations of the Ankh. Some believe it is an image of the womb, while others say it is a shoelace with a loop for the ankle to fit into, but the true meaning of the image remains a mystery.
This mysterious pendant is based on the Egyptian symbol Ankh. In addition to the Ankh, the pendant is engraved with an Eye of Horus, which has the connotation of protection of life.
In ancient Egypt there was a special totem, a type of dung beetle. Dung beetles like to go to bright places and always work hard, pushing round balls of dung much larger than they are, just like the gods pushing the sun in the sky (in ancient Egypt, people believed in the sun god representing light), tirelessly, rising and setting, rolling from one side to the other.
They therefore believed that this beetle best represented their spirit and the fear of the gods, and also called the dung beetle 'holy beetle', seeing it as an incarnation of the sun god, a symbol of immortality and righteousness of life, and worn as an amulet to ward off evil. Many Egyptian rings have the element of the dung beetle on them.
Ouroboros (also known as the tail-biting snake) is a symbol handed down from ancient times, roughly depicting a snake (or dragon) swallowing its own tail, resulting in a circle (sometimes shown as a twist, the shape of the Arabic numeral "8"). In 1984, a corpse was excavated at the Red Mountain site in the shape of a "curled dragon" hanging from its chest, which is considered a symbol of the Red Mountain culture. The snake-like creature can be traced back to the ancient Egyptian era in 1600 AD.
Every country and region has myths that have been handed down and gods that are believed in. In ancient Egypt there were also many revered deities.
Anibus - God of Death
Anubis was the God of Death in ancient Egyptian mythology, a beast-headed God associated with mummification and life after death, appearing as a wolf-headed, human figure in the tomb murals of the pharaohs.
This Egyptian ring is inspired by Anubis, the God of Death, and the ring uses its unique image of a wolf's head, so that people can feel the mystery of ancient Egypt when they wear this ring.
This mysterious pendant is very popular with our customers. It combines the Grim Reaper and the skull in a way that brings out the fear in people.
Ancient Egypt was originally a country that loved to wear jewelry, and the colors of their accessories were intense and passionate. Nowadays, when I say Egyptian jewelry here, I mean modern jewelry inspired by Egyptian symbols and gods, mostly mysterious and desirable. Are you fascinated by Egyptian jewelry?
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