Papyrus is a plant which was used in ancient Egypt in the production of a paper-like substance. In addition to using it as a writing material, Egyptians wove papyrus into sandals, baskets, mats and other household items. Because of its importance to the Egyptians, papyrus became an important symbol in their culture. The form of the papyrus plant became a decorative theme throughout Egypt appearing on cloth, jewelry and as columns and pillars carved in high relief supporting buildings, palaces and temples throughout Egypt. Egyptian revival jewelry often draws design inspiration from these original ancient Egyptian papyrus embellishments.

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Egyptian Inspired Papyrus and Horus Themed Diamond Brooch.
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