This exquisite Miriam Haskell brooch and earring set depicting the regal visage of an Egyptian pharaoh. The Egyptian Revival period flourished in the mid-19th century and was typically used to adorn memorials, cemeteries, and prisons.
It would not be until 1922, with the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, that the style would thrive in the decorative arts, particular in fashion jewelry, scarves, and handbags.
The style also extended to home decor.
The craze began again in the 1970s, when the King Tut discovery went on a national tour in museums, across the company.
Many of the top end jewelry designers resurrected this timeless style; notably, Haskell and Coro.
We date this set to the '70s when this style was a wildly popular design for Mariam Haskell.
The brooch features a brass falcon, wings spread, from which the brass pharaoh's head and colorful beads are suspended.
The beads depict colors typical of Northern African craft: light blue, lapis blue, coral and gold.
Finally, the earrings represent two similar pharaoh heads, suspended from ornately filigreed screw clips.
The brooch, which features the stamped Miriam Haskell maker's mark on its reverse, measures 1 ½" at the widest at 3" long.
Each earring, also stamped with the Haskell mark, measures 1 ½" long and ¾" at the widest point.
Walk like an Egyptian in this really unusual and kicky Miriam set.