Once one of the most important centers of thought and culture as well as the largest library of its time, the Egyptian city of Alexandria symbolized classical grandeur. The Egyptians were notorious for their monolithic pyramids and intricately decorated tombs, but some of their greatest contributions to civilization remain largely undervalued. Not only were they masters of fire, but they discovered the beauty of glass and also pioneered synthetic colors. Before these advances in science and technology, colors used in murals and ceramics were dull and earth toned. With new techniques, however, the Egyptians created the most brilliant blue ever to have been seen outside the Aegean Sea.
The Romans copied the Egyptians' formula for this pigment and named it Alexandrine Blue, after the brilliant city located on the rocks between the mouth of the Nile and the shores of the Mediterranean. Inspired by this story, we’ve assembled a collection of products inspired by the materials, motifs, and, of course, the color of Alexandria.
1. 22-Karat Gold-Plated Bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane; $120, Net-a-Porter | 2. Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011 RTW | 3. Three-Piece "Blue Motion" Abstract Art; $2,500, Horchow | 4. Poolside with Slim Aarons; $54, Amazon | 5. Blue Sapphire Snake Ring by Sazingg; $11,400, Vivre | 6. Aleotto II Napkin Rings; $63/set of 2, Rablabs New York | 7. Proenza Shouler Medium Columbian Mochila PS1; $1,825, Barneys New York | 8. Blue Bargello Pillow by Trina Turk; $110, Furbish Studio Online | 9. Tealight Holder in Turquoise and Blue by Sagaform; $20, Burke Decor |