Egyptian culture was extremely inspirational for 19th century jewellery. Nineteenth century saw Egyptian influence coming in vogue two times – at the beginning of the century (Regency era) and again in the second half of the century. Archeological discoveries were instrumental in introducing new trends, mainly in jewellery. Second half of the 19th century saw revival of many styles; Renaissance, Etruscan, Rococo, Ancient Greek and Egyptian. Egyptian influenced jewellery came back in style in 1920s after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Characteristics of Egyptian influenced jewellery are vast usage of gold, vibrant coloured jewels, motifs such as tombs, bird ibis, scarab, sphinx, cobra, feathers… These motifs were combined with style at the moment; such as Art Deco in the 1920s and that created something even more fabulous.
1800s Egyptian Revival Sphinx Brooch
1880. A sapphire and enamel scarab brooch, Austro-Hungarian.
1890. Egyptian revival brooch.
1890s Fabergé, Russian, Scarab Brooch, Egyptian revival.
1890s French Belle Epoque Egyptian Revival Brooch.
1900. An Egyptian Revival gem set scarab brooch, Emeralds, sapphires, pearls, rubies and rose-cut diamonds in yellow gold, partially silver-topped.
1920s Egyptian Revival Brooch
1925. A French Egyptian Revival Art Deco beetle brooch.