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.

VTG 1950S GOLD FILLED UNCAS CURTIS CREATION SCARAB PIN
VTG 1950S GOLD FILLED UNCAS CURTIS CREATION SCARAB PIN
$65.00
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED GF SCARAB GEMS BROOCH PIN SIGNED
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED GF SCARAB GEMS BROOCH PIN SIGNED
$23.20
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VTG 1950S GOLD FILLED UNCAS CURTIS CREATION SCARAB PIN
VTG 1950S GOLD FILLED UNCAS CURTIS CREATION SCARAB PIN
$65.00
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Kenneth Jay Lane Egyptian Revival Gold Tone Statement White Scarab Necklace
Kenneth Jay Lane Egyptian Revival Gold Tone Statement White Scarab Necklace
$45.00
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Stone Egyptian Scarab Carved Hieroglphics Beetle Pendant Sterling 1999 START
Stone Egyptian Scarab Carved Hieroglphics Beetle Pendant Sterling 1999 START
$19.99
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GORGEOUS 14K GOLD FILLED AGATE SCARAB DROP ELONGATED LEVER BACK EARRINGS
GORGEOUS 14K GOLD FILLED AGATE SCARAB DROP ELONGATED LEVER BACK EARRINGS
$31.50
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VTG 1940S 14K GOLD SCARAB BRACELET MOSS AGATE CHRYSOPRASE AMETHYST ROSE QUARTZ
VTG 1940S 14K GOLD SCARAB BRACELET MOSS AGATE CHRYSOPRASE AMETHYST ROSE QUARTZ
$850.00
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VTG DABROS 12k Gold Filled Stone Scarab Clover Pin Brooch
VTG DABROS 12k Gold Filled Stone Scarab Clover Pin Brooch
$52.50
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Vintage Judy Lee Scarab Bracelet
Vintage Judy Lee Scarab Bracelet
$19.95
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VINTAGE STERLING CARVED STONE SCARAB WRAP AROUND POISON RING W HINGED LID 72GR
VINTAGE STERLING CARVED STONE SCARAB WRAP AROUND POISON RING W HINGED LID 72GR
$20.50 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 40m
Antique Tiger Eye Carved Pendant Scarab Egyptian Pharoah 14K Wire
Antique Tiger Eye Carved Pendant Scarab Egyptian Pharoah 14K Wire
$24.50
Time Remaining: 2h 5m
Ancient Egyptian Cleopatra Beaded Collar Necklace 7 Scarabs Halloween Costume
Ancient Egyptian Cleopatra Beaded Collar Necklace 7 Scarabs Halloween Costume
$6.29
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
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SIGNED CC CROWN 18K YELLOW GOLD ENAMEL BEETLE SCARAB INSECT BUG PIN 18kt ITALY
SIGNED CC CROWN 18K YELLOW GOLD ENAMEL BEETLE SCARAB INSECT BUG PIN 18kt ITALY
$131.50 (12 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 12m
LOVELY VINTAGE 14K SOLID GOLD SCARAB BRACELET SEMIPRECIOUS STONES AMETHYST AGATE
LOVELY VINTAGE 14K SOLID GOLD SCARAB BRACELET SEMIPRECIOUS STONES AMETHYST AGATE
$274.99
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Art Deco Gold Plated Gem Stone Scarab Link Bracelet
Art Deco Gold Plated Gem Stone Scarab Link Bracelet
$18.00
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1970s Nouveau Bleus New Orleans Signed B Clark Majolica Scarab Beetle Pendent
1970s Nouveau Bleus New Orleans Signed B Clark Majolica Scarab Beetle Pendent
$65.00
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Curtis Creations DCE Gold Filled Carved Glass Scarab Circle Pin Brooch
Curtis Creations DCE Gold Filled Carved Glass Scarab Circle Pin Brooch
$17.00
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Vintage Enamel Trifari Scarab withTurqouise and Coral Peking Glass Necklace
Vintage Enamel Trifari Scarab withTurqouise and Coral Peking Glass Necklace
$275.00
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED GENUINE STONE SCARAB BRACELET SIGNED WRE
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED GENUINE STONE SCARAB BRACELET SIGNED WRE
$19.00
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Egyptian Revival Brass Winged Ancient Faience Scarab Pin Brooch
Egyptian Revival Brass Winged Ancient Faience Scarab Pin Brooch
$110.00
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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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