What is a Cartouche? A Cartouche (pronounced "kar-toosh") is actually a French word meaning 'gun cartridge'. When Napoleon's soldiers were in Egypt, they called the oval shaped etchings surrounding the king names "cartouche" because it reminded them of the shape of their gun cartridges, or bullets. Cartouches have a a long lasting legend that dates back over 5000 years ago. A Cartouche was originally designed for the Pharaohs to be an amulet of protection. Each Cartouche had the name of the person wearing it written in Egyptian Hieroglyphics King Tut... Ramses... Nefertiti... Cleopatra. Your personalized cartouche jewelry will be hand made in our Cairo workshop. Custom orders welcomed.
*Please note: Each cartouche is an individual work of art and there will be variance. Specifications dimensions are approximate, Approximate sizes :Up to 4 symbols 1 1/4 " long, up to 6 symbols 1 1/2" long, and up to 9 symbols 1 3/4" long. Final size of the cartouche will depend on the symbols. There are no refunds on cartouches as each one is a personalized order. The artists reserve the right to choose the hieroglyphic symbols and arrangement. (Some letters such as "a" "h" and "m" have two symbols.) If you have particular symbols please advise us in the "Special Instructions" box on the order form.
Traditional Style Cartouche
Box Style Cartouche
up to 9 silver symbols*
|Available in 6, 7, 8, or 9 inches|
|If you need a custom size contact us.|