These singular earrings showcase a detail from an ancient Egyptian broad collar in The Met collection. The charming pair feature 18K gold plate with decorative enamel to accentuate their stylized avian design.
By the New Kingdom (ca. 1550–1070 B.C.), broad collar necklaces were the most frequently worn pieces of jewelry among the royalty and elite in ancient Egypt. The original broad collar belonged to one of the three foreign wives of Thutmose III; the king's name is inscribed on the backs of the falcon-headed terminals indicating it was a gift to his wife. The falcon was a sacred creature to the ancient Egyptians; they linked the soaring bird of prey with Horus, the falcon-headed king of the gods.
Due to its reflective nature, gold-plated jewelry can appear lighter or darker in varying light conditions.