In the fabulous book 7000 Years of Jewelry, which chronicles the British Museum's collection of ancient jewelry, author Hugh Tait calls attention to this beautiful Egyptian bangle from the First Intermediate Period, 2181-2040 BC (pictured above). When I first saw this ancient bracelet I was immediately inspired to try to replicate this beautifully simple yet lovely design.
My Reef Knot cuff from 2012 (above) is a close replica to the original, and I was so pleased with how it turned out. When I visited the British Museum shortly thereafter I was hoping to see the original in person, but unfortunately it was not on display. I was told though, that with advance notice, I could receive a private viewing of this incredible piece of history! I am certainly looking forward to the day when I can return to London for this opportunity. In the mean time, I have again been inspired by this beautiful design.
Today I created the Twist Reef Knot cuff bracelet (above). Though I've never seen one with twists, perhaps the Egyptians also made a version like this too...you can often see twists in their incredible metalwork.
Ancient jewelry is so inspiring! It's absolutely amazing what people were able to create with limited technologies, as far back as 5000 years ago. Since I was a kid, I have always been fascinated by the lives and artifacts of ancient Egyptians, as well as Romans that lived in England. Now, I am particularly fascinated by their jewelry and metalwork! What era most interests you in history?