In December 2013, Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels held an auction of Cartier Egyptian-Revival jewelry from the 20s that brought in a the very new millenium sum of $60 million. Although the influence of Ancient Egypt was felt in France following Napoleon's Egyptian campaign of 1798 and especially after Empress Eugenie opened the Suez Canal in 1869, it gained serious momentum and morphed into kind of a craze by the 1920s, culminating in the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 and its dazzling contents.
The main period during which Cartier designed Egyptian style jewelry was between about 1910 through the 19130s.
This Deco style of jewelry, popular during the Jazz Age, coincides with the tastes of today's ultra-wealthy shoppers looking for something rare, something with some history and perhaps even a touch romantic - by hearkening back to a different era of glamour, glitz and hope.
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- Lesley Scott