Vintage Crafts from Egypt and West Africa

Longmont, Colorado
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About HistoryDefined

Sales 6,739
On Etsy since 2018

A treasure trove of vintage one-of-a-kinds and other handmade crafts from Egypt.

Ever since my first trip to Egypt in 1979, I have been amazed by the remarkable archeological masterpieces built by the pharaohs over 4,000 years ago. And by the tireless work of local artisans creating reproductions for travelers from all corners of the world. With the help of some wonderful Egyptians, I started a business called Discoveries Egyptian Imports. We had a retail store in Alexandria, Virginia for many years. Our focus shifted to concentrating on a wholesale business that sold to museum gift shops around the world. All the while, I was collecting one-of-a-kind treasures and handcrafts for my personal collection.
In 2019 we decided to share this collection on Etsy, under the store name of HistoryDefined. We chose this name because these pieces have a long lineage -- inspired by works of art from thousands of years ago! The store has been well received on Etsy, so we opened up the product line to include more items from our business. We now offer overstock, irregular/slightly damaged items and, even some product from our current selection at Discoveries Egyptian Imports. Myself and my small team are happy to share this piece of history with all of you.

Shop members

  • Steve

    Owner, Curator

  • Jessica

    Shipper, Customer Service, Marketer

  • Angie

    Customer Service

Production partners

  • Khan el Khalili

    Cairo, Egypt

    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 ou

  • Luxor Warehouse

    Luxor, Egypt

    We have been buying our hand-carved scarabs, alabaster and other items in stone and ceramics from the Matani family in the village of el-Gourna, across the Nile from Luxor. This wonderful family has been involved in making replicas of ancient statues for as many generations as can be remembered.

  • Casting Company

    RI, United States

    This company helps build models of the historic products we want to create, then creates molds to cast each product

  • Warehouse

    CO, United States

    Production home

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

We do offer wholesale pricing! Please contact us for wholesale pricing or visit www.discoveriesinc.com.

Custom and personalized orders

We do offer personalized cartouche pendants. Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns.
Once your order is placed, please contact us within 2 days for cancelations or changes to personalization.

Gift wrapping and packaging

We offer gift wrapping with unique Egyptian design wrapping paper, hieroglyphic boxes and gold pyramid boxes (for jewelry).

Package Delays

We cannot offer refunds due to USPS package delays. FedEx is much more reliable if you need your package to arrive by a certain time. Please select expedited shipping at checkout or contact us for expedited options to ensure timely package deliveries.

Care instructions

Silver jewelry requires occasional cleaning and extra care. Please read our blog post on how to clean tarnished jewelry. https://egyptianimports.com/blogs/news/how-to-clean-tarnished-jewelry

Missing Packages

Due to the increase in missing packages from USPS, we have decided to offer a signature required shipping upgrade option. We highly suggest you upgrade your shipping as many of these items are one-of-a-kind and cannot be replaced. If your order is not shipped signature required, we will not be able to offer a refund if the tracking says “delivered” but the package is missing.

High Value Jewelry Shipping

Please note that we are not responsible for cartouches lost in shipping. In order to be confident in delivery, please choose "FedEx 2-Day Signature Required" at checkout. If your order is not shipped signature required, we will not be able to offer a refund if the tracking says “delivered” but the package is missing.

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