It’s been months since I’ve added new items to the shop. In this September 2022 edition of “What’s New,” I’m introducing the “Walk Like an Egyptian” theme.
What’s taken place? On a positive note, I’ve placed a few pieces on consignment at Dunedin Fine Art Center and published two books: That's Just My Baby Daddy! 12 Men Who've Contributed Greatly to Society and most recently, She Sells Seashells by the Seashore: Biographies of 12 Entrepreneurial Women. The next, expected for 2024 at the earliest, is “Don’t Cry for Me, Alexandria.”
I’m hesitant to call these a collection because this is an area that I’m still growing towards… something I did too quickly with the “Such a Stud” earrings.
You’ll find these new pieces available as the classic geometric beaded earrings, the Small & Delectable earrings, the Big & Delicious earrings, as pedants on a chain of gold rocailles beads (available in two lengths, 14” and 16”). You’ll find them as stackable rings. The pendants/charms will be made available as hoop earrings.
Regular pieces will be available in red, cream, and black. Moving forward, additional colors will also be introduced as themes.
To share more about “Walk Like an Egyptian” by beYOUteous, the color palette centers around green, red, blue, yellow, black, and white.
It turns out that the earliest evidence of ancient Egyptian jewelry dates back to as early as 4500 BCE. Both men and women in Ancient Egypt wore jewelry, and for different reasons:
- Marks of status
- Love of beauty
- Personal protection
They would adorn themselves with earrings, necklaces, collars, rings, bracelets, and hair ornaments.
Was there any significance in the colors used by the Ancient Egyptians?
- Green (wadj), was the color of new life. Images of Osiris with green skin refer to his resurrection and power over vegetation.
- Red (dshr), symbolized life and victory as well as anger and fire. In the context of anger and fire, red was the color of the god Set, the personification of evil and powers of darkness.
- Blue (irtyu), was the color of the heavens, of water… and represented creation or rebirth. There’s also the theory that blue was also symbolic of the Nile and represented fertility.
- Yellow (khenet, kenit), designated the eternal and indestructible. It was celebrated as being the color of the sun and of gold.
- Black (kem), symbolized death, the underworld and night. Osiris, king of the afterlife, was referred to as “the black one.” Anubis, god of embalming was portrayed as a black jackal or dog. Queen Ahmose-Nefertari was the patroness of the necropolis and depicted in black. In general, the color black symbolized Egypt which was known as Kemet in ancient times for the dark soil of the Nile valley.
- White (hedj), denotes purity and omnipotence. It represented things sacred and simple. Opposite in meaning, red and white were at times placed together to symbolize completeness.
Stop by the online store to shop the new “Walk Like an Egyptian” additions.
beYOUteous is an eCommerce store offering a line of handcrafted beaded jewelry which aims to spread the message for embracing individuality, feminine strength, and empowerment.