Walk like an Egyptian

Glamorous cocktail ring with large smoky quartz in gold, Egypt dated 1953

Egypt, the land on the Nile, has always captivated people. The palm-fringed river landscape in the middle of the desert, the pyramids and temple ruins as stone evidence of a millennia-old culture have fired the imagination of travelers throughout the ages. It was above all Napoleon's Egyptian campaign that brought the country on the Nile to the attention of the European public. The culture of the pharaonic empire, with its exotic imagery led to a veritable mania, which was reflected in countless ancient Egyptian revival styles in architecture, arts and crafts and fashion. In recurring waves, jewelry was also designed after Egyptian models. Especially popular were pieces of jewelry decorated with scarabs, the sacred beetles worshipped in ancient Egypt as a symbol of the sun god Re. The discovery of the tomb of Tut-Ench-Amun in 1922 by Howard Carter was then without question the archaeological sensation of the 20th century. As a major media event, the progress of the excavation was followed worldwide with the greatest interest. The spectacular grave goods of the youthful pharaoh triggered storms of enthusiasm and had a lasting influence on Art Deco art. This glamorous cocktail ring proves that ancient Egypt continued to inspire the jewelry world in the middle of the last century. Hallmarked in Egypt in 1953 and handcrafted to a high standard, its luxurious appearance was perfectly suited to the economic boom that followed the Second World War. The magnificent piece of jewellery made of high-carat rose gold presents a large smoky quartz in the classic emerald cut in its centre. The gemstone impresses with its weight of approximately 29 carats and its unusual colour. The typical grey-brown of smoky quartz plays into the greenish-gold of this stone and thus develops a charm all of its own. The goldsmith's work that makes the gemstone a ring is also magnificent. The openwork undercrossing shows stylized plant motifs, while the elegantly fluted ring shoulders still reveal the influence of late Art Deco. Exotic and glamorous, the precious piece shines and we almost think we see it on the hand of Liz Taylor in her starring role as Cleopatra, who conquered the silver screen with this monumental film. Feel like a pharaoh from the Nile with this extravagant piece of jewellery!

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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.