Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry

September 12, 2010 | By | Reply More

The golden age of modern scarab beetle jewelry was the 1950's when they were used as carved stones in bracelets, earring, pendants, and rings.  The Van Dell jewelry company made a wide range of scarab jewelry which was very popular.  Since that time Scarabs have fallen out of favor as a fashion accessory.   Lately however I’ve noticed more and more jewelry companies including scarab beetle gemstones in their lines.  The history of the scarab is as fascinating as the jeweled critters themselves.

Scarabs were popular amulets in ancient Egypt, meaning they have been around for 3000 years.  The Egyptian god Ra was believed to push the setting sun along the skyline in the same way as the beetle rolls dung into a ball for eating and laying eggs.  In many artifacts the scarab beetle is shown pushing the sun along its course in the sky.

Scarabs were a symbolic motif that represented regeneration and rebirth, and was thought to bring protection, luck and vitality to the wearer.  They were given to soldiers before battle, and women for fertility.  They were also put into the tombs of Egyptian royalty as grave goods.  One of the most famous Egyptian kings to memorialize the Scarab Beetle was Amenhotep III.  Anybody who has seen any of the “Mummy” series of films starring Brendon Fraser will recognize the name and remember the scenes of millions of beetles consuming Amenhotep's enemies.

Scarab jewelry was crafted from many different of stones and materials.  Ancient examples of scarab beads have been found made from clay, glass, bone, metal, wood, and gemstones.  Often plain media was glazed in different colors to represent symbolism.  The color blue was symbolic of the Nile River, red for the sun, green for new life.

Recent interest in Scarab Beetle jewelry, both new and vintage, is creating a growing niche market for the beautiful colored stone jewelry.  Designers are starting to include scarab stones on all types of jewelry as wells as belts and purses.  The older jewelry from the 1950s is still relatively inexpensive as collector jewelry goes, and the colors make them fun to mix and match as fashion accessories.  I’m keeping an eye on the price of the vintage pieces to see if the prices rise as fashion designers incorporate modern scarab jewelry into their lines.

Vintage 1920s Egyptian Revival Winged Scarab Peking Glass Pin Brooch
Vintage 1920s Egyptian Revival Winged Scarab Peking Glass Pin Brooch
$54.99
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Gold KL Brooch Vintage 12k filled wreath scarab beetle blue green onyx black
Gold KL Brooch Vintage 12k filled wreath scarab beetle blue green onyx black
$17.98
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VINTAGE DESIGNER SIGNED GMS GOLD FILLED SCARAB TURTLE PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE DESIGNER SIGNED GMS GOLD FILLED SCARAB TURTLE PIN BROOCH
$15.00
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Vintage Sterling 925 Silver Turquoise Bead Scarab Drop Chain Necklace 155 6g
Vintage Sterling 925 Silver Turquoise Bead Scarab Drop Chain Necklace 155 6g
$9.99
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Vintage Signed ART Egyptian Revival King Tut Pharaoh Scarab Pendant Necklace
Vintage Signed ART Egyptian Revival King Tut Pharaoh Scarab Pendant Necklace
$75.00
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN BRASS FIGURAL RAISED SCARAB BUG INSECT BRASS OVAL BROOCH PIN
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN BRASS FIGURAL RAISED SCARAB BUG INSECT BRASS OVAL BROOCH PIN
$49.99
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VINTAGE GOLD PLATED 3 STONE CARNELIAN CHRYSOPRASE TIGER EYE SCARAB PIN WITH LEAF
VINTAGE GOLD PLATED 3 STONE CARNELIAN CHRYSOPRASE TIGER EYE SCARAB PIN WITH LEAF
$35.00
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Vintage Gold filled Gemstone scarab Flower brooch pin
Vintage Gold filled Gemstone scarab Flower brooch pin
$29.00
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Vintage SF Modernist Marjorie Baer Signed Pendant Brass Copper Carved Scarab
Vintage SF Modernist Marjorie Baer Signed Pendant Brass Copper Carved Scarab
$8.16 (4 Bids)
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ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER EGYPTIAN SCARAB LOTUS HAND MADE RING SZ 525
ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER EGYPTIAN SCARAB LOTUS HAND MADE RING SZ 525
$740.00
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Vintage Gold Filled Carved SCARAB BEETLE Earrings Bracelet Necklace Suite Set
Vintage Gold Filled Carved SCARAB BEETLE Earrings Bracelet Necklace Suite Set
$249.99
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VINTAGE EGYPT REVIVAL 2 STRAND CARVED SCARAB BRACELETS GLASS OR LUCITE SAFETY CH
VINTAGE EGYPT REVIVAL 2 STRAND CARVED SCARAB BRACELETS GLASS OR LUCITE SAFETY CH
$9.99 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Silver Tone Semi Precious Scarab Beetle Egyptian Hand Carved Bracelet
Vintage Silver Tone Semi Precious Scarab Beetle Egyptian Hand Carved Bracelet
$15.00
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Sea Green Scarab Carved Cabochons in Gold Tone Linked Dangle Screw On Earrings
Sea Green Scarab Carved Cabochons in Gold Tone Linked Dangle Screw On Earrings
$6.99
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VICTORIAN ANTIQUE 14K GOLD SCARAB STICKPIN
VICTORIAN ANTIQUE 14K GOLD SCARAB STICKPIN
$150.00
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OLD LORD GANESHA EGYPT SCARAB LG BLACK LUCK PROTECTION FORTUNE RELIC NECKLACE
OLD LORD GANESHA EGYPT SCARAB LG BLACK LUCK PROTECTION FORTUNE RELIC NECKLACE
$10.00
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Gemstone Scarab Bracelet  Earrings
Vintage Egyptian Revival Gemstone Scarab Bracelet Earrings
$75.00
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EGYPTIAN MOTIF SCARAB 12 MM TANZANITE RHINESTONE PIERCED LEVER BACK EARRINGS
EGYPTIAN MOTIF SCARAB 12 MM TANZANITE RHINESTONE PIERCED LEVER BACK EARRINGS
$15.99
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Vintage REINARD 5th Ave NY Runway Chucky Link Cabochon Stone  Scarab Bracelet
Vintage REINARD 5th Ave NY Runway Chucky Link Cabochon Stone Scarab Bracelet
$175.96
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18K YELLOW GOLD EGYPTIAN LAPIS SCARAB BEETLE BUG CHARM PENDANT 27gr
18K YELLOW GOLD EGYPTIAN LAPIS SCARAB BEETLE BUG CHARM PENDANT 27gr
$299.00
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Wanda Fitzgerald is a Florida native and an vintage charm collector who loves to share her adventures in an e-commerce jewelry business with anyone who is interested.

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