Egyptian Revival Enamel Stamp Necklace

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A souvenir of Egypt, or at least the IDEA of Egypt, via 1925. After King Tut's tomb was discovered, Europe went crazy for all things ancient Egyptian, and theme jewelry was churned out with more of an eye toward whimsical design than historical accuracy. This silver and enamel necklace is decorated with some excellent Egypt-y motifs, and may well have been a tourist souvenir from the region.  

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  • Materials: 800 silver, enamel
  • Age: c. 1925
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: 14.75"
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  
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ART DECO (1915 – 1940) Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world. In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette. The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.
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About Details History
A souvenir of Egypt, or at least the IDEA of Egypt, via 1925. After King Tut's tomb was discovered, Europe went crazy for all things ancient Egyptian, and theme jewelry was churned out with more of an eye toward whimsical design than historical accuracy. This silver and enamel necklace is decorated with some excellent Egypt-y motifs, and may well have been a tourist souvenir from the region.  

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  • Materials: 800 silver, enamel
  • Age: c. 1925
  • Condition: very good
  • Size: 14.75"
  • Location: to see this piece in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.  
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ART DECO (1915 – 1940) Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world. In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette. The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.
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