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Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922 sparked a worldwide passion for Ancient Egypt. Intrigued by this historic event and the richness of the age-old culture it brought to light, Van Cleef & Arpels created a number of Egyptian-inspired pieces between 1922 and 1925. Egyptian symbols and images are depicted through contemporary Art Deco codes – geometric lines, repeated patterns and stark contrasts.
Egyptian inspiration brooch, 1925 Platinum, emeralds, rubies, onyx, diamonds
Decorations adorning the pieces include depictions of offerings, hieroglyphics, sphinxes, amphorae, bulls, ostrich feathers and lotus flowers. Precious stones – emeralds, sapphires, buff-top rubies and diamonds – come together with hard stones such as onyx to render delicate motifs.
Drawing featuring an egyptien-inspired brooch, circa 1925
Drawing featuring an egyptien-inspired bracelet, circa 1925
Extremely rare, these remarkable creations are particularly sought after today by jewelry collectors and connoisseurs.
Egyptian bracelet, 1924 Platinum, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, onyx, diamonds
Egyptian-inspired brooch, 1924 Platinum, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, onyx, diamonds
Egyptian-inspired brooch, 1924 Platinum, emeralds, rubies, rock crystal, onyx, diamonds
Egyptian-inspired bracelet, 1924 Platinum, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, onyx, diamonds