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New Ancient Egyptian Jewellery Collaboration with Claire van Holthe:

Scarab Earrings and Eye of Horus Necklaces

The recent revival of the Ancient Egypt trend swept through Spring Summer 2019 and has continued. It started with Chanel’s pre-fall 2019 collection, Metier’s d’Art, heavily influenced by this exotic symbolism. Balmain’s SS19 launch also honoured the intricate era, with a glamorous Ancient Egyptian revival theme (more on both of these collections further below). In Spring Summer 2020 Zuhair Murad paid homage to Ancient Egypt throughout his couture collection – Think hieroglyphic prints, glittering gold and Cleopatra eye makeup, alongside Eye Of Horus details.

Met Gala 2019 – Billy Porter’s iconic nod to the Ancient Egypt trend

Beyonce has always been a big fan of the Ancient Egypt trend and let’s not forget Billy Porter’s fabulous entrance that made in Met Gala History shutting down the Met Gala 2019 red carpet when he arrived on a litter, carried by six shirtless men, in a theatrical nod to Ancient Egypt.

Billy Porter Met Gala Red Carpet 2019 | Ancient Egypt Trend

Billy Porter, Met Gala 2019

Egyptian Revival Jewellery 

So what better time to explore our exquisite Egyptian Revival Jewellery Collaboration with incredible resident Ancienne Ambiance jewellery designer, Claire van Holthe. Of course, the Ancient Egyptian theme is an integral part of the Ancienne Ambiance brand heritage and vision already, with our pyramid logo and products referring to this historical time. Our soap and salts tap into ancient Egyptian bathing routines too. For example, the Amandula Almond Soap is infused with almond milk known to have been favoured by Egyptians. Not to mention, our Eset Candle is a Cleopatra-esque number inspired by her love of roses and lilies, alongside Tuberosa Candle which also embraces scents she would have adored. You may have noticed by now, we are very passionate about this completely intriguing chapter of history.

Chanel, Metier’s d’Art 2019

Chanel’s Cleopatra-inspired collection in 2019 shown at New York’s Metropolitan Museum, with the late great Karl Lagerfeld was cleverly hosted within the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian monument gifted to the Met Museum over 40 years ago. Floaty white lines were mixed in with Egyptian gold tones, boasting statement jewellery galore. Meanwhile, Balmain’s SS19 Ancient Egyptian inspired collection included a mummy-style bandage dress (as seen on Beyonce). Other nods are pyramid angles and standout hieroglyphic designs.

Balmain SS19

From Eye of Horus Necklaces to Scarab Earrings…

What is Scarab Jewelry?

Back to our celebration of the Ancient Egyptian style trend, with Ancienne Ambiance’s resident jeweller, Claire van Holthe

Available exclusively at our London flagship (with a limited selection online), we’ve collaborated with Claire to hand-craft a collection of ‘wearable history’ including stunning jewellery such as hoop earrings with Ancient Egyptian turquoise faience Scarabs, long drop scarab beetle earrings, plus simple chain necklaces complete with faience Eye Of Horus amulets. Comprising modern gold in both 9k and 18k, the Ancient amulets vary in size, inscription and rarity (all ancient artefacts used date back over 2000 years) and other modern materials such as pearls or gemstones are added to several pieces.

Jeweller Claire van Holthe

What does the eye of Horus symbolize?

Eye of Horus is a significant Egyptian symbol, depicting protection, royal power (Horus was the son of Osiris) and good health. We love the meaning behind this and are so excited for it to feature as part of the Ancienne Ambiance x Claire van Holthe Jewellery collection. Other authentic ancient artefacts in the range are faience Scarab beetles – inspiring jewellery trends since 2000 BCE, Scarabs were a symbol of rebirth, immortality and protection to the Ancient Egyptians. Synonymous with Egypt, faience amulets are a type of ceramic in glorious colours such as blue green or turquoise.

Eye of Horus Pendant Necklace

Beautiful pieces with an ancient twist, stop by our Ancienne Ambiance boutique soon and explore the unique Claire van Holthe Jewellery collaboration. The perfect combination of truly one-of-a-kind, classic and modern, surely this is the way to embrace all things Egyptian. Encompassing timeless Ancient Egyptian style, Claire’s divine designs will fabulously fill your jewellery box… this season and beyond.


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Pictured: Ancient Coin Jewellery by AMBIANCE London.


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Post Updated July 2021

Editor of The Ambiance Blog, Helen Wilson-Beevers is a beauty, health and lifestyle writer.

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