From the Realm of the Pharaohs

Exotic Gold Reversible Ring With Ancient Egyptian Scarab, 2nd Half of the 20th Century

Egypt, the mysterious land of the pyramids, inspires and fascinates to this day. Every era, every century rediscovered the Nile and the empire of the pharaohs for themselves. In ancient times, Rome adorned itself with obelisks and statues from Alexandria. Through Napoleon's campaign in 1798, art objects in unprecedented detail once again reached France and Europe. New research deciphered the hieroglyphs and the first scientific excavations began to uncover the secrets of the tombs of the pharaohs. In the middle of the 19th century, the enthusiasm for Egypt reached a new peak. The reason for the media interest was the construction of the Suez Canal by an Egyptian-French joint-stock company. The new transport route - before it had even been opened in 1869 - quickly developed into a real political issue. The British Empire and the Empire of France were hostile to each other. Influence and power in Africa and Arabia were at stake. Egypt was on everyone's lips and was praised as a source of wealth, a place of exotic culture and seductive secrets. The last significant surge of influence came in the Art Deco era, when in 1922 the spectacular treasures from the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen thrilled the astonished world public. Jewels of every price range from those years tell of the enthusiasm for ancient Egypt, from simple glass necklaces with scarabs and depictions of mummies to diamond-cut hieroglyphs from the house of Cartier. The reversible ring here dates from the 2nd half of the 20th century. In a simple setting of high-carat gold, it presents a beetle cut from grey steatite, with a seated figure of a god and a cartouche with a hieroglyph on its reverse. The beetle itself is more than 2000 years old and beautifully cut, simple but strong. The scarab was worn in ancient Egypt as a symbol of resurrection and life for good luck. Thus, the specimen from ancient Egypt used here also shows a hole with which it could once be worn on a cord. In this ring, the scarab is even rotatably attached, so that both sides can be viewed without any problems. The ring is wonderfully processed and wearable preserved.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.