Nefertiti means, “The beautiful one has arrived.”
Queen Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenaten (Amenhotep
IV), famed throughout the ancient world for her
outstanding beauty, remains one of the most well known
of the queens of Egypt. The famous statue of Nefertiti,
found in a sculptors workshop, is one of the most
immediately recognisable icons from this period of
She ruled alongside Akhenaten during the eighteenth
dynasty (1550-1292 BC). Although she only reigned 12
years, she was one of the most powerful queens to ever
rule. Her importance was greatly valued by Akhenaten and
he went to great lengths to show her as his counterpart.
As queen, she was often shown with the crown of a
It is this great queen that is the inspiration behind
Nefertiti the necklace. Tila beads are lined up in
concentric semi-circles beneath a flat coin bead.
Magatamas and picots in precious tiny seed beads further
embellish and add to the luxury and richness of this
piece. These exquisite components are then strung
together with high quality Swarovski crystals.
A simple twisted tubular herringbone rope suspends 5
components in 3 different sizes. The necklace is then
closed with a toggle that continues the theme of the
Nefertiti – Not only has the beautiful one arrived but
definitely a necklace fit for any modern day queen.
Nefertiti appears in Bead & Button June/July 2012.
Nefertiti appears in Creative Beading Vol 8.
Nefertiti has also been juried for inclusion in Lark