Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry

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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.

ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU GILT PATE DE VERRE SCARAB EGYPTIAN REVIVAL NECKLACE c1900
ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU GILT PATE DE VERRE SCARAB EGYPTIAN REVIVAL NECKLACE c1900
$445.00
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ANTIQUE VICTORIAN ENGLISH 9ct GOLD ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SCARAB BEETLE RING BLC
ANTIQUE VICTORIAN ENGLISH 9ct GOLD ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SCARAB BEETLE RING BLC
$295.00
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SUPERB ANTIQUE ART DECO EGYPTIAN REVIVAL CARVED GLASS SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS
SUPERB ANTIQUE ART DECO EGYPTIAN REVIVAL CARVED GLASS SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS
$99.65
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Vintage Large Glass Stones Scarab Bracelet 725
Vintage Large Glass Stones Scarab Bracelet 725
$15.00
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VTG Gold Tone Multi Color Plastic Cabochon Scarab Brooch Pin Green Coral Red
VTG Gold Tone Multi Color Plastic Cabochon Scarab Brooch Pin Green Coral Red
$20.00
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AWESOME VINTAGE LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET WITH EMBEDDED BUGS BEETLES SCARABS
AWESOME VINTAGE LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET WITH EMBEDDED BUGS BEETLES SCARABS
$59.00
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VINTAGE GLASS CARVED SCARAB BRACELETS
VINTAGE GLASS CARVED SCARAB BRACELETS
$32.99
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VINTAGE STERLING AND BLUE GLASS SCARAB NECKLACE
VINTAGE STERLING AND BLUE GLASS SCARAB NECKLACE
$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 Goldtone Glass Scarab Cabochon Bar Brooch Egyptian Green Pink Red Blue
Vintage Goldtone Glass Scarab Cabochon Bar Brooch Egyptian Green Pink Red Blue
$9.99
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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
$592.00
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LOT VINTAGE SCARAB BRACELETS
LOT VINTAGE SCARAB BRACELETS
$15.00 (1 Bid)
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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 EGYPTIAN Blue Faience SCARAB Pendant  Stone Necklace
Vintage EGYPTIAN Blue Faience SCARAB Pendant Stone Necklace
$21.99
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VICTORIAN ANTIQUE 14K GOLD SCARAB STICKPIN
VICTORIAN ANTIQUE 14K GOLD SCARAB STICKPIN
$150.00
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Luna Felix Green Scarab Tourmaline 22k 18k Yellow Gold Granulated Earrings
Luna Felix Green Scarab Tourmaline 22k 18k Yellow Gold Granulated Earrings
$6,100.00
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Amazing Art Deco Egyptian Jade and Gold Rare stick pin Scarabs and Sphinx
Amazing Art Deco Egyptian Jade and Gold Rare stick pin Scarabs and Sphinx
$500.00
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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
$199.95
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Vintage Van Dell Carved Scarab Gold Filled Necklace Tigers Eye Carnelian 415EG
Vintage Van Dell Carved Scarab Gold Filled Necklace Tigers Eye Carnelian 415EG
$54.99
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Egyptian Sterling Silver Turquoise Scarab Pendant  6mm 925 Leather Necklace 18
Egyptian Sterling Silver Turquoise Scarab Pendant 6mm 925 Leather Necklace 18
$34.99
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Recent interest in Scarab Beetle jewelry, both new and vintage, is creating a growing niche market for the beautiful colored stone jewelry.
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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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