Cleopatra - Wilhelm Kotarbiński, unknown date.

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Cleopatra Cuffs, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, silver rhodium and gold, hand-set with rubies, yellow sapphires, white topaz and black spinel.

Cleopatra Cuffs

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The Meeting of Antony and Cleopatra - Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadem, 1882


Mini-Pyramid Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: Square Two-Faced Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires accented by black enamel

Mini-Pyramid Ring

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Square Two-Faced Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated gold, hand-set with yellow sapphires accented by black enamel

Square Two-Faced Ring

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Step Pyramid Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium accented by yellow mango enamel

Step Pyramid Ring

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Water Lily Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with black spinel accented by glittering gold enamel

Water Lily Ring

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Flower Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with multicolored sapphires accented by glittering gold enamel

Water Lily Ring

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Square Two-Faced Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires accented by glittering red enamel

Square Two-Faced Ring

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Mini-Pyramid Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: Square Two-Faced Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with multicolored sapphires accented by glittering red enamel

Mini-Pyramid Ring

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Step Pyramid Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with gold accented by jet black enamel

Step Pyramid Ring

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Ancient Bas Reliefs: Luxor, Egypt. Photo: Kokhanchikov


Ramses Chariot Bangles, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made with 925 sterling silver plated in white rhodium or gold, hand-set with multicolored sapphires and accented in black, blue and glittering red enamel

Ramses Chariot Bangles

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Isis Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made with 925 sterling silver plated with white rhodium, black rhodium or gold, hand-set with blue topaz, amethyst, yellow and red sapphires or black spinel, accented by blue, black or glittering red enamel

Isis Cuffs

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Pharaoh Sculpture. Photo: Jose Lledo.


 Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires and amethyst, accented by ivory and yellow enamel

Pharoah and Cobra Cuff

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 Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver, hand-set with white topaz and onyx, accented by glittering blue and black enamel

Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff

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 Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with yellow sapphires and onyx, accented by glittering gold and silver enamel

Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff

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 Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver, hand-set with white topaz and onyx, accented by jet black and bright white enamel

Pharaoh and Cobra Cuff

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Study for Cleopatra Testing Poisons on Condemned Prisoners, Alexandre Cabanel, 1887


 Flower Pot Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with gold, hand-set with yellow sapphires and amethyst accented by black enamel

Flower Pot Ring

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 Sirius Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires accented by yellow mango enamel

Sirius Ring

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Flower Pot Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires and blue topaz accented by mango yellow enamel

Flower Pot Ring

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Sirius Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires accented by midday blue enamel

Sirius Ring

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Flower Pot Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with rubies and amethyst, accented by glittering purple enamel

Flower Pot Ring

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Sirius Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with gold, hand-set with yellow sapphires accented by black enamel

Sirius Ring

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 Flower Pot Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with red sapphires and blue topaz accented by midday blue enamel

Flower Pot Ring

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 Sirius Ring, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with yellow sapphires accented by glittering blue enamel

Sirius Ring

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Cleopatra On The Terraces Of Philae - Frederic Arthur Bridgman, 1896


Royal Scarab Cuffs, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made with 925 sterling silver plated in black rhodium or gold, hand-set with ,multicolored sapphires, blue topaz, amethyst and black spinel, accented by blue, red, ivory, orange and black enamels

Royal Scarab Cuffs

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 Royal Scarab Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with black spinel and amethyst accented by midday blue, glittering blue and glittering silver enamel

Royal Scarab Cuff

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 Royal Scarab Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with black rhodium, hand-set with multi-colored sapphires and blue topaz accented by white enamel

Royal Scarab Cuff

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 Royal Scarab Cuff, The Cleopatra Collection: hand made 925 sterling silver plated with gold vermeil, hand-set with yellow sapphires and blue amethyst, accented by ivory, black and blue enamel

Royal Scarab Cuff

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Certain places immediately conjure images in the mind. Think of Egypt, for instance, and you cannot help but see the Pyramids, the Sphinx, scarabs, the Nile, Pharaohs. Egypt is synonymous with ancient majesty, power, opulence, and its timeless aesthetic, which was imbued in every aspect of existence.

Only a few individuals conjure images in the same way. Cleopatra is one of them. Perhaps the best known of Egypt’s ancient rulers, most accounts portray her as savvy, influential and irresistibly charming. She is much more than that, of course. She is a legend: the proud queen of a civilization in decline, master politician, fashion icon, fluent in several languages, educated in mathematics, philosophy, oratory and astronomy... She was also a romantic at heart

Intriguingly, the endurance of her legend is the most significant thing we can verify about her. We know much about her, yet she is surrounded by mysteries. I believe those mysteries are a large part of why her legend endures. The tantalizing mixture of facts and mysteries allow us to imagine her as we wish to, not as history books tells us to. Did she really melt a priceless pearl in vinegar just to win a bet? Or smuggle herself into Caesar’s quarters wrapped in a carpet? Does the truth matter? Some say she didn’t even die from an asp bite, that this was just a Shakespearean metaphor. Perhaps the truth never really mattered...

It’s no surprise that I see her jewelry as a significant aspect of that legend. Cleopatra’s love of jewelry is one of the few facts about her that we know to be true. She understood how it could be used to command attention, the way it could transcend language and convey her strength before any words were spoken. Even the ladies of Roman high-society were transfixed by her. Many of them adopted the queen’s exotic hairstyles and opulent jewelry.

This collection of bold and distinctive wearable sculpture is inspired by her, the one and only Queen of the Nile. It pays homage to her remarkable defiance of expectations, to the countless ways that she challenged the status quo, and to the enduring power of her mystery.


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