Some weeks ago we announced that the new Moriar Planchette was a work in progress and today we are most pleased to let you know that this is not any longer just a mere project… it is a reality.
Far from the classical planchette shape, the geometric design of our Moriar Planchette has been inspired by the Egyptian Revival that took place in the Victorian era. The symmetry of the isosceles triangle results in a balanced and minimalistic design that becomes a versatile jewelry piece made of solid sterling silver for your delight.
The Moriar Planchette inspiration sources
Two of our fascinations have come together to give birth to this jewel: the Egyptian Revival that ran concurrent with Renaissance Revival during the Victorian era in conjunction with its influence on the numerous secret societies that proliferated during this period.
There is no need to say that the ancient Egyptian culture has had an enormous influence on our society through history and that other Egyptian Revivals have flourished before (Napoleon Egyptian campaign) and after (Art Deco period) this one. The impact of the Egyptian symbols, beliefs and monuments is undeniable and it left its imprint in the esoteric and philosophical secret societies that were so deeply rooted in the Victorian society. For example, as James Stevens Curl explains in ‘The Egyptian Revival: Ancient Egypt as the Inspiration for Design Motifs in the West’:
“The importance of Freemasonry in the history of the Egyptian Revival is considerable: the idea of Egypt as the source of all knowledge of architecture and of all wisdom as enshrined in the Hermetic Mysteries was potent. The Craft was traced to Egypt, and the Israelites were supposed to have learned the skills of architecture from the Egyptians. Freemasonry in the latter half of the eighteen century reflected many of the philosophical, moral, political, and artistic currents of the Enlightenment”.
If you find this topic as interesting as we do, we recommend you lectures like this one: ‘The Geometry of Mystery: The Egyptian Revival & Secret Societies – An illustrated lecture by Adam G. Kendall’.
Beyond the pyramidal shape of the piece, we would like to emphasize the protagonism of the shining rays of black light, a very important symbol for the ancient Egyptians:
Rays of light diagram:
Details of the Moriar Planchette
The details of this patinated sterling silver pendant may be found below:
- Material.- sterling silver with patina (Classical Edition) or low temperature resin based enamel powder (Egyptian Blue Edition).
- Decoration.- on one side it displays ascending rays of light and on the other side it displays three elements in bas-relief (‘non omnis moriar‘ inscription, year of design and Decimononic logo). The inscription ‘Non omnis moriar’ (not all of my shall die) is a tribute to the Spiritualism movement in which so many Victorians believed.
- Dimensions (length x width x height).- 45x45x2.3 mm (1.78×1.78×0.09 in) approximately.
By the way, this jewelry piece includes a free of charge rattail satin cord with sterling silver lobster clasp (black, grey or red color).