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: Specifications dimensions are approximate, and are inclusive of the bail for the chain. Size will vary according to symbols. Each cartouche is an individual work of art and there will be variance. 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. Chain is 50 cm or approx. 20 inches.