The latest collection by Azza Fahmy returns to Ancient Egypt, a move that many who have become fans of her take on Arabic calligraphy and poetry inspired pieces, may not like. Despite my fascination with the Ancient Egyptian civilization, I find their jewellery somewhat stiff. I prefer organic, loose, hippy necklaces and earrings; the type that an Ancient Egyptian Queen wouldn’t be caught dead wearing.
However this 2012 collection is quite beautiful, with only just a few misses. All the earrings boast brilliantly modern takes on their ancient predecessors. On the contrary, the cuffs feel as though they were lifted out of a history book, lacking the much-needed Azza Fahmy trademark in their design.
With the exception of two particular necklaces that are of the Egyptian bazaar at entrance of Khan EL Khalili variety (the one and three strand floral and fruit necklaces), the rest of the pieces will make any woman feel like royalty. On my list of must-haves is the Gold and silver Nekhbet– vulture collar necklace, inspired by Queen Aahotep’s armlet (18th Dynasty), and the Silver & Lapis Lazuli lotus collar necklace. The detailing in craftsmanship is superbly typical of Azza Fahmy, and like any solid accessory all you need with this is a white shirt and a pair of jeans.
The rings in this collection demand that they are worn by women of iron will and intimidating personalities. A personal favourite is the Turquoise and Lapis cartouche shaped ring, inspired by the Fiance of the Third Intermediate Period. Its sheer size can knock someone out, visually and literally.
If you can’t afford it, then just go see it. It’s an excellent example of how an informed approach to quoting the past can make gorgeous and nuanced jewelry.