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 LARGE Stones Semi Precious Scarab Bracelet 1 20 12K GF X tra Nice Must C
Vintage LARGE Stones Semi Precious Scarab Bracelet 1 20 12K GF X tra Nice Must C
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vintage scarab bracelet
vintage scarab bracelet
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Art Nouveau Egyptian revival Scarab Sterling Silver 30g Ring
Art Nouveau Egyptian revival Scarab Sterling Silver 30g Ring
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Vintage Black Scarab Adjustable Ring 70s
Vintage Black Scarab Adjustable Ring 70s
$9.00
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Tiger Eye Scarab Sterling Silver Chunky Ring Repair 8
Vintage Egyptian Revival Tiger Eye Scarab Sterling Silver Chunky Ring Repair 8
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Vintage Floral Scarab Pendant on Necklace 16
Vintage Floral Scarab Pendant on Necklace 16
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PUFFY HEART Sterling Silver Hand Crafted TURQUOISE SCARAB 7 1 4 CUFF BRACELET
PUFFY HEART Sterling Silver Hand Crafted TURQUOISE SCARAB 7 1 4 CUFF BRACELET
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Vintage 1970s Scarab Beetle Unikite Stone Gold Tone Ring USA New Old Stock 419
Vintage 1970s Scarab Beetle Unikite Stone Gold Tone Ring USA New Old Stock 419
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Lucite Egyptian Scarab Pendant Necklace Gold Tone
Lucite Egyptian Scarab Pendant Necklace Gold Tone
$12.00
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Vintage glass scarab bracelet beautiful
Vintage glass scarab bracelet beautiful
$9.99
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VINTAGE SIGNED BM CO 12KGF SCARAB GENUINE STONE BRACELET RV 385
VINTAGE SIGNED BM CO 12KGF SCARAB GENUINE STONE BRACELET RV 385
$19.38 (13 Bids)
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Vintage 12K GF Stamped Egyptian Revival Tigers Eye Carved Scarab Earrings
Vintage 12K GF Stamped Egyptian Revival Tigers Eye Carved Scarab Earrings
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Carved dual side Scarab Brass Faux Ivory Bone Art Deco Egyptian chocker Necklace
Carved dual side Scarab Brass Faux Ivory Bone Art Deco Egyptian chocker Necklace
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Sterling Silver Scarab Multi Stone Bracelet W Marcasites 215 grams 10 B2550
Sterling Silver Scarab Multi Stone Bracelet W Marcasites 215 grams 10 B2550
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Two Vintage Scarab Bracelets Medium Sized Scarabs  Large 75 Long
Two Vintage Scarab Bracelets Medium Sized Scarabs Large 75 Long
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STERLING GLASS SCARAB BLUE cabochon LARGE SETTING PIN BROOCH EGYPTIAN ESTATE
STERLING GLASS SCARAB BLUE cabochon LARGE SETTING PIN BROOCH EGYPTIAN ESTATE
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Vintage Watch Fob Style Pendant Necklace Carved Stone Scarabs
Vintage Watch Fob Style Pendant Necklace Carved Stone Scarabs
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Estate Vintage 1 20 12k Gold Fill Cat Eye Scarab Screw on Earrings
Estate Vintage 1 20 12k Gold Fill Cat Eye Scarab Screw on Earrings
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Lot 4 Vtg Estate Scarab Jewelry Necklace Bracelet Earrings Watch new battery
Lot 4 Vtg Estate Scarab Jewelry Necklace Bracelet Earrings Watch new battery
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Vintage bracelet scarabs of 6 different stones
Vintage bracelet scarabs of 6 different stones
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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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