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Egyptian History: Meet our Staff/Family in Cairo, Egypt

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Running a successful Egyptian import business means making connections with your staff. It also means that Steve, our founder, speaks fluent Arabic.Our Cairo office is managed by 3 Egyptians who have been working with us for over 25 years! We consider them as close as family and Steve talks with them daily. We really appreciate and care deeply for these men and their families.Hassan Gouda, Hassan Attiya, and Nasr Mahtouk manage orders with our vendors, receive and check the quality of our goods, and create shipments for export. They grew up in Faiyum (an Oasis west of Cairo), but live...

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Health, Life and Happiness - Our Most Popular Pendant Is Full of Meaning

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We all seek health, good life and happiness. It has been our pleasure to provide a pendant that represents just that. This pendant is our smallest and arguably most powerful one. The pendant has 5 symbols which represent these important values.The Eye of Horus at the top is a healing symbol. It symbolizes protection for the wearer and their strength. In the middle are ancient symbols that mean health (dja), life (ankh), and happiness (seneb). The bottom is the lotus flower, symbolizing rebirth. In Egyptian mythology, the sun was born from a lotus.These symbols are both beautiful, meaningful and popular. We offer these cartouche...

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New Jewelry Inspired by Egypt using Vintage Scarabs - Available on Etsy

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At Discoveries, we are making new jewelry using vintage pieces to bring Egypt to our customers. We have recently discovered scarabs collected by Steve back in the 1980s. Historically, a lot of the jewelry found in royal tombs was made from Lapus Lazuli, Turquoise and other stones.We are offering many of the vintage pieces (scarabs, statues, silver jewelry) for sale on our Etsy site. In addition to offering vintage items, we have been inspired to create our own custom necklaces, bracelets and earrings from parts we have gathered over the years. Since the beginning, we have been working with jewelers in Egypt to...

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Cartouche History - A Pendant that Protects

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A cartouche (pronounced ‘kar-toosh’) is an ancient Egypt nameplate or seal. Every pharaoh, king and queen had their name spelled in hieroglyphs in the oval shaped cartouche. This was meant to protect them and their name for eternity.

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How to Clean Tarnished Jewelry

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Sterling Silver is a beautiful, practical metal used for jewelry. However, over time, air exposure, and contact with body oils, Sterling Silver will tarnish. The metal starts to turn black around the edges and appears dull. Some people think it is ruined and must be remade or recycled. Fortunately that is NOT the case. We offer all our cartouches in Sterling Silver and also a combination of Sterling Silver and Gold. We have some tips for keeping your necklace looking new and also how to clean it if you notice dullness or tarnish.   Care Tips for your Cartouche Do not wear it in...

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