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GOING, GOING, GONE
THE GOLDEN LAND
Traditional Nubian Jewellery and its Meaning
By Yasmine El Dorghamy
Nubia has a rich history of distinctive jewellery, with each style given its own name and imbued with individual meaning. And, although today it may be difficult to find pieces made in the traditional ways, it is not impossible.
AN EVERLASTING LUSTRE
A Thousand Years of Monitoring Egypt’s Jewellery Industry
By Azza Fahmy
Egypt has a long history of jewellery production, but there haven’t always been rules to control the quality of the items made. Over the past thousand years, laws have been created and refined, leading to the system in place today.
ECHOES FROM THE PAST
The History of Fatimid Jewellery in Egypt
By Dina Tolba
Created using delicate production techniques, the intricate beauty of Fatimid jewellery has long influenced jewellery production in Egypt, right through to the present day.
FROM DUNG BEETLES TO SANDAL STRAPS
The Meaning Behind Ancient Egyptian Amulets
By Yasmin El Shazly
With similarly unusual shapes and multifaceted meanings, the protective amulets worn by the ancient Egyptians are not so different from those seen across Egypt today.
OF SHOES AND DAGGERS
Jewelry as Protection
By Sigrid M. van Roode
Jewellery is often prized for its beauty, but to many, it also provides protection from the world’s malevolent forces, its very shape imbued with power.
REFLECTIONS ON THE TALISMANIC
Aspects of Egyptian Female Ornaments
By Shahira Mehrez
For millennia, Egypt’s traditional symbols have survived and adapted, serving to unite the country’s population. But despite their importance, these symbols and their meanings are vanishing in the modern age.
JEWELS FROM THE NILE
The Ethnographical Collection of Winifred Blackman
By Paolo del Vesco
One of the first anthropologists to research Egypt’s culture, and its traditional jewellery, Winifred Blackman’s personal notes and diaries are now providing new insights into her life and work.
MODERN STYLE, ANCIENT INSPIRATION
Egyptian Art and European Jewellers
By Ania Guini-Skliar
Over the past two centuries, Egyptian art has inspired jewellers to create works of great beauty, combining ancient fashion with a modern twist.
THE MOST DEMOCRATIC FORM OF ADORNMENT
Hair and Wigs in Ancient Egypt
By Joan Fletcher
Through their hairstyles and wigs, still visible in art and preserved on mummies, much can be gleaned about the ancient Egyptians’ fashion, health, diet and lifestyle across time.