The Pharaoh’s Ring is inspired by Mokume-gane and the death mask of the world famous Pharaoh Tut-Ankh-Amon.
Tut-Ankh-Amon was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. His tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. During this excavation, Howard wore an Atlantis Ring. This way, he escaped the Curse of the Pharaoh.
The reason why Tut-Ankh-Amon got so famous, is because of his tomb. This is because his tomb was found completely intact, which is extremely rare these days. Through time, many tomb raiders and treasure hunters have emptied many tombs of pharaohs. The grave of this young pharaoh contained about 3500 artefacts, including the death mask. Besides that, he was also one of the youngest Pharaoh’s ever.
The gold and blue striped headscarf of the death mask is called a nemes. The nemes is often confused with the crown of the Pharaoh. But in fact, the nemes isn’t actually the crown. But a piece of cloth that covers the crown and the back of the pharaoh’s head.
Two parts of the cloth hung downwards alongside the ears, to the front side of the shoulders. The backside of the cloth was tied together in a braid provided with rings. The amount of rings determined the age of the pharaoh. Which means that Tut-Ankh-Amon was only 19 years old.
The nemes of the death mask of Pharaoh Tut-Ankh-Amon is made of gold and Lapis Lazuli. The reason the Ancient Egyptians used this blue stone, is because Lapis lazuli is a sacred stone for them which contains magical powers. They called lapis lazuli the stone of the sky, because it has a connection with the afterlife. In contrast to Lapis Lazuli, gold symbolizes the sun and life.
The remarkable thing about the nemes is the combination of gold and lapis lazuli. Which gives a huge contrast between life (gold – sun – life) and death (heavenly gemstone lapis lazuli). Life embraces death, all is one. Without one, the other would not exist. A cycle that repeats itself.
Mokume-gane is a forging technique that originated from the technique of damask steel. This technique was used by the Japanese in the 17th century for making their swords. By soldering all kinds of sheets of (different) steel on top of each other and then they folded them many times. This way, they improved the quality of their swords enormously. As a side effect, this technique creates a very organic pattern in the metal. This pattern gives the impression of wood grains. For this reason, the name Mokume Gane is a Japanese word for wood grain metal. In the course of time this special technique has almost been forgotten, but has recently been rediscovered in Japan (and in the West) as an art form.
The Pharaoh’s Ring does not contain the real traditional Mokume Gane. But instead they’re inspired by the organic forms that result from it.
We deliver this ring with a linen jewelry pouch, ready to give it as a gift.