Flower of Power – The Egyptian Lotus

Introducing Nostalgic Treasure inspired by the Egyptian Lotus from Sun Soaked Lands…

Gold and blue Egyptian Lotus decorative motif

Have you been waiting for the warm balmy days of summer to return, not a cloud in the sky?

I know I have! It fills me with a sense of wonder and adventure, a time to spend evenings around a camp fire, lazy days exploring sandy beaches, hopeful dreams of holidays and a time to reflect on distant fond memories.

This nostalgic and hazy imagery is what inspired my New Collection LOTUS, born from an exploration of ancient cities in the sun soaked lands of Egypt. I fell in love with the architecture, the hieroglyphs, the history and most importantly the Egyptian Lotus.

My Egyptian travel photos

Travel pics I took with my beloved OM10 SLR, a time before digital!

After listening to a friends account of her fantastic travels in Egypt and local contacts she made there, I knew I had to go and experience this amazing country full of ancient wonder and symbolism for myself.  Not one for a package holiday, oh no;  I booked an open return flight to Cairo with my boyfriend, threw some clothes in a back pack and set off on what was to be one of the best voyages of my life!

Arriving into Cairo I was met by Nasa a lovely chap who took us to his family home in Saqqara on the edge of desert where the oldest pyramids of Egypt still stand.  His wife offered us the most amazing spread of home cooked delights and we were joined by a number of their neighbours, mainly children who were excited that we had come to visit them in their humble dusty village.

A few days later we were on a train heading south along the Nile to the port of Aswan.  Here we met our friend from home who introduced us to new friends, Ibrahim and Captain Cat. These two humorous and sprightly characters were to take us on a felucca ride like no other.

Seven whole days and nights later we drifted peacefully into Luxor on the traditional wooden sailing boat that had become our home, and although completely blissed out, we were eager to set foot inside some of the most amazing and ancient architecture that has ever been built upon the earth.

What struck a cord with me was how celebrated the lotus flower was in ancient Egyptians times.  A beautiful motif adorning almost every temple wall, including the pillars which were in fact large lotus flowers holding up the heavens.  This powerful flower was a symbol of the sun, creation, rebirth and regeneration, depicting an offering of love between Ancient Egyptian Kings and Queens.  All of this symbolism combined with such emotive depiction meant it was a collection that had to be made!

Egyptian Lotus Drawings

 

LOTUS is a new selection of designer trinket style necklaces and earrings now available on my website to buy in two colour ways.  All items from the collection are handmade from recycled sterling silver and detailed with 22ct yellow and rose gold vermeil, adding a warm lustrous finish. A dress ring for this collection will also be available incorporating Rose Quartz and Citrine marquise gemstones, adding to those dusky summer hues.

Initially designed for the ‘Egyptian Sunken Cities’ Exhibition last year at The British Museum London, this sell out collection has been redesigned to capture your imagination and conjure that feeling of summer bliss. Each piece is a delicate treasure intended for all occasions, to layer and collect and to share my love for adventure!

 

Lotus Studs, Trio Lotus Necklace & Lotus Trinket Necklace in yellow & rose gold vermeil

Lotus Studs, Trio Lotus Necklace & Lotus Trinket Necklace in yellow & rose gold vermeil

 

You can Shop the LOTUS Collection here!

 

In the meantime tell us, where do you plan to adventure next?

Where is your ultimate sunny paradise?

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Egyptian Lotus Summer Jewellery Collection, inspiration and packaging

 

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Julia Thompson designer precious metal art jewellery

 

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