Winged Isis Necklace with Lapis Lazuli in Antique Bronze
A beautiful handmade antique bronze winged Isis necklace to grace the throat of anyone, this necklace is solid but beautiful and the goddess holds a 7mm faceted lapis lazuli in her hands! The pendant is 4.3cm long and 4.8cm wide. there are loops on the tips of the wings to allow to attach a 4mm wide cable chain and a lobster clasp in solid antique bronze. It's perfect for every day wear. It is a new take on the classic pendant and a design found in tombs in Egypt.
Isis was a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. Isis was first mentioned in the Old Kingdom as one of the main characters of the Osiris myth, in which she resurrects her slain husband, the divine king Osiris, and produces and protects his heir, Horus. She was believed to help the dead enter the afterlife as she had helped Osiris, and she was considered the divine mother of the pharaoh, who was likened to Horus. Her maternal aid was invoked in healing spells to benefit ordinary people. Isis was also depicted as a winged goddess or a kite (one of her sacred animals). In this form her wings spread a heavenly scent across the land and brought fresh air into the underworld.
Lapis lazuli was prized by Egyptians, and is still to this day. It is a deep blue metamorphic rock used as a semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color. In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs and was even used in the gold death mask of Tutankhamun. Powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra.
Bronze is an alloy that consists of a mixture of approximately 90% copper and 10% tin. Producing bronze is a less toxic process than producing brass as brass is a combination of copper and zinc, and the manufacturing process often produces zinc oxide which is toxic.
Because bronze contains copper, it can turn your skin green whether you have an allergy or not. Bronze and copper turn your skin green because when the copper reacts with your sweat and the acids from your skin, it produces copper chloride. Copper chloride is a green substance that then rubs off on your skin. If you are prone to sweating, your bronze jewelry will definitely turn your skin green. This chemical reaction can also be prevented by painting any part of the jewelry that comes in contact with your skin with clear nail polish or clear acrylic enamel.