Editor’s Blog: Out of Egypt

Metropolitan Museum of Art wall painting

I’ve had ancient Egypt on the brain lately, as it’s been coming at me from many directions—from Kara Ross and Lele Sadoughi’s incredible scarab necklaces to the Great Gatsby’s ubiquitous Deco trends (King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, leaving an indelible impression on fashion of the times). Geek that I am, I’ve also been transfixed by TV specials like Nova’s Mysteries of the Sphinx.

So, finding myself with a few hours to kill the other day, I headed straight to the source. No, not the Nile, but rather The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Temple of Dendur and reflecting pool, Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Egyptian Wing is a little creepy, what with all the tombs and mummies and statues of animal gods, but it is incredibly transporting and beautiful.

Even more incredible than the ancient Temple of Dendur, however, was all the jewelry.

We’re talking jewelry made millennia ago! Much of which I would wear today!

It was fun to imagine the artisans back then, crafting snake rings out of gold and enameling detailed pendants with pretty much the same techniques jewelers use today. With snake jewelry having its moment, I half expected to bump into some local jewelry designers, sketchbooks in hand.

Here, some really really old pieces, and some modern interpretations. Can you tell which are which?

Gold Snake Bracelet, 1 A.D. to 500 A.D, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Snake rings, 1st century A.D

 

House of Harlow 1960 Double Finger Wrap, 2012

 

Heart Scarab of Hatnefer, 1492 B.C. to 1473 B.C, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Graduated Scarab Necklace, Kara Ross, 2012

 

Miniature Broad Collar, 332 B.C. to 222 B.C, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Lele Sadoughi scarab necklace, Spring 2013

 

 

 

 

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Lauren Parker, Editor, Accessories Magazine

As Editor of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.

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