Today’s post was inspired by several sources. One was Dame Elizabeth Taylor, whose jewelry and clothing are going up on the auction block in December. The other was color — NYFW saw bejeweled hardware that mingled, mixed, and matched with the sartorial soft-wear on every runway. I have a theory that every new season is almost never really new but tweaked to the satisfy the current zeitgeist. Vintage jewelry is a kind of cool way to stay relevant without toadying to the trend. Remember: when it comes to jewelry, personal style is everything.
So I gave this a little bit of thought and came up with Egyptian Revival jewelry. The color palette of Egyptian-inspired or reproduced jewelry is a blend of bold, primary hues. Motifs are geometric in design (another spin-off of this is Art Deco which borrows from Egyptian, African, and Asian leitmotifs). Egyptian Revivals happened not only during the early twentieth century but also in the late eighteen with Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign of 1798–99 and the mid to late nineteenth century when archeological digs produced amazing discoveries. The obelisk in Central Park in New York City also known as Cleopatra’s Needle was erected in 1880. In 1922, King Tutankhamun tomb was discovered by Howard Carter. Egyptomania followed. Fifty-five years later, the Cairo Museum lent fifty-five pieces from Tut’s tomb for a traveling exhibit that took the U.S. by storm.