I have been interested in the Egyptian Culture, especially their objects, jewellery, amulets and strong believes since I started doing my final project in 2019.
Firstly, I researched on the Egyptian Beetle and History. The scarab amulets were made in the shape of the sacred scarab beetle as known as a dung beetle.
I was interested in the Egyptian people’s strong belief’s in the afterlife and the beetle is very closely linked to these beliefs. According to The Adorned Afterlife Research Network in Edinburgh in 2012, a singular item of adornment on the Rhind Mummy was shown a piece of beetle in metal. The metal work from the research gave me an idea for the scale of my neck piece.
I was drawn into the fact that the Egyptians placed the beetle over the heart of the decreased person believing that when they died, their heart might speak to them again while the beetle would say good things about them.
Another interesting fact I found out during my research was, dung beetles always push round dung balls that they create and that the Egyptian people believed the dung beetle was a form of the sun god. I expressed the beetle holding the neck parts together as the sun gods would in ancient Egyptian times. Each movement of the dung beetle had huge meanings to the Egyptians.
I found the scarab beetle had a powerful amulet to Egyptians and decided to express the heart beetle in my style as my final project.
I would like to carry on focusing on the Egyptian beetle and history for my jewellery collections in the future because I found out there are lots of sources and information of the Egyptian history.