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.

Egyptian Revival Art Deco Neiger Peking Green Czech Glass Brass Scarab Bracelet
Egyptian Revival Art Deco Neiger Peking Green Czech Glass Brass Scarab Bracelet
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Vintage Signed Ronci Gold Filled Egyptian 15 Scarab Stone Brooch Pin
Vintage Signed Ronci Gold Filled Egyptian 15 Scarab Stone Brooch Pin
$69.00
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED BLUE CALCEDONY SCARAB SWAN PIN
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED BLUE CALCEDONY SCARAB SWAN PIN
$45.00
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Vintage Gold Filled Carved Scarab Clover Glass Cabochon Screw Back Earrings
Vintage Gold Filled Carved Scarab Clover Glass Cabochon Screw Back Earrings
$15.00
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CARNELIAN STERLING SILVER CARVED SCARAB PIN VINTAGE INSECT BUG
CARNELIAN STERLING SILVER CARVED SCARAB PIN VINTAGE INSECT BUG
$52.22
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Lot of 5 Egyptian Style Scarab Bead  Leather Cord Bracelets + Stone 1 Needs Fix
Lot of 5 Egyptian Style Scarab Bead Leather Cord Bracelets + Stone 1 Needs Fix
$29.52
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winged scarab brooch 14k yellow gold victorian egyptian revival antique bug pin
winged scarab brooch 14k yellow gold victorian egyptian revival antique bug pin
$479.00
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VINTAGE 1950S AMCO GEMSTONE SCARAB PIN WITH LEAVES
VINTAGE 1950S AMCO GEMSTONE SCARAB PIN WITH LEAVES
$47.50
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VINTAGE 1950S CARL ART GEMSTONE SCARAB BRACELET
VINTAGE 1950S CARL ART GEMSTONE SCARAB BRACELET
$65.00
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ART DECO EGYPTIAN LARGE GOLD PLATED  WINGED SCARAB BEETLE DESIGNED BROOCH PIN
ART DECO EGYPTIAN LARGE GOLD PLATED WINGED SCARAB BEETLE DESIGNED BROOCH PIN
$19.99
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VINTAGE 800 SILVER CUFFLINKS EGYPTIAN SCARAB
VINTAGE 800 SILVER CUFFLINKS EGYPTIAN SCARAB
$80.10
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Scarab ART NOUVEAU BROOCH EGYPTIAN SILVER SCARAB PIN ART DECO JEWELRY Butterfly
Scarab ART NOUVEAU BROOCH EGYPTIAN SILVER SCARAB PIN ART DECO JEWELRY Butterfly
$35.00
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Dor Yellow 12k GF Brooch  Screw Back Earrings Scarab Beetle Cabochons
Dor Yellow 12k GF Brooch Screw Back Earrings Scarab Beetle Cabochons
$35.00
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KIM LUCCI ELBUALY NECKLACE STERLING SCARAB 14K GOLD DOTS DESIGNER PENDANT CHAIN
KIM LUCCI ELBUALY NECKLACE STERLING SCARAB 14K GOLD DOTS DESIGNER PENDANT CHAIN
$238.65
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VINTAGE VERY LARGE CARENALIAN SCARAB CLIP EARRINGS
VINTAGE VERY LARGE CARENALIAN SCARAB CLIP EARRINGS
$87.50
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SCARAB BRACELET 8 CABACHONS 1 20 TH 12 K GOLD FILLED
SCARAB BRACELET 8 CABACHONS 1 20 TH 12 K GOLD FILLED
$18.72
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Vintage Symmetalic Gorgeous Carnelian SCARAB Sterling Silver 14k Gold Pin Brooch
Vintage Symmetalic Gorgeous Carnelian SCARAB Sterling Silver 14k Gold Pin Brooch
$249.00
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Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Peking Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet
Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Peking Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet
$87.95
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VINTAGE 12KT GOLD FILLED ART DECO SCARAB BRACELET 7615 PIN MS
VINTAGE 12KT GOLD FILLED ART DECO SCARAB BRACELET 7615 PIN MS
$34.95
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VTG 1940S GOLD FILLED STONE SCARAB BRACELET CHRYSOPRASE TIGERS EYE ONYX QUARTZ
VTG 1940S GOLD FILLED STONE SCARAB BRACELET CHRYSOPRASE TIGERS EYE ONYX QUARTZ
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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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