Jewelry inspired by the art of Ancient Egypt was at the height of fashion in the 1920s, reflecting the extraordinary interest in the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. Van Cleef & Arpels created numerous Egyptian-inspired jewels, such as this bracelet from 1924. These exceptional jewels are decorated with scenes of offerings and hieroglyphic motifs depicting scarabs, sphinxes, amphorae, bulls, ostrich feathers, lotus flowers and bees, all in reference to Ancient Egyptian iconography. They are set with precious buff-topped emeralds, sapphires, rubies, diamonds and calibrated onyx stones. These unique Egyptian-inspired creations are highly sought after by connoisseurs and collectors.
Product card of an Egyptian style bracelet, 1924
Van Cleef & Arpels Archives