Ma'at from Tomb of the Queen Nerfertari
Valley of the Queens
I started out thinking I'd use the cobalt blue pair on the left. The color is very similar to lapis lazuli and that dark blue was the color that resonated the most with me from the painting. The crusty feeling to these matte lampwork beads speaks of antiquity... they could have been uncovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb. (And, by the way, I love that this set is called "Treasure Coast." Seems fitting!)
As I continued to dig around looking for something to pair with my new lampie lovelies, I ran across a pair of little ceramic scarab beads that I bought last October when we visited Allegory Gallery (I'm pretty sure that they were some of Eric's picks). Since the scarabs are more of a teal color, I decided to switch to the darker turquoise/teal pair. I don't usually work with gold plated or filled findings, but made an exception in this case. Luckily, I had some gold colored German wire and some other gold beads and findings that I bought in my very early days of beading on hand.
While I don't think I'll run out and start doing a lot in gold tones, I'm really happy with how these earrings came together. I'd like to think that the end result would be fitting for a queen!