Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry

September 12, 2010 | By | Reply More
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest

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 14k GOLD FILLED GF JADE TIGEREYE GEM STONE SCARAB BRACELET signed
VINTAGE 14k GOLD FILLED GF JADE TIGEREYE GEM STONE SCARAB BRACELET signed
$49.99
Time Remaining: 34m
VINTAGE 1950S TIGER EYE SCARAB BROOCH
VINTAGE 1950S TIGER EYE SCARAB BROOCH
$65.00
Time Remaining: 36m
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
Art Nouveau 14k Gold Scarab Beetle Bar Pin Rose Cut Diamond Sapphire Ruby Insect
Art Nouveau 14k Gold Scarab Beetle Bar Pin Rose Cut Diamond Sapphire Ruby Insect
$800.00
Time Remaining: 55m
Buy It Now for only: $800.00
Mostly Vtg 12PC Faux  Genuine Turquoise Lot Rhinestone Snake Scarab Necklaces+
Mostly Vtg 12PC Faux Genuine Turquoise Lot Rhinestone Snake Scarab Necklaces+
$7.50 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 3m
Ancient Egyptian Beetle Scarab Faience Necklace Earthen Beads 34
Ancient Egyptian Beetle Scarab Faience Necklace Earthen Beads 34
$49.95
Time Remaining: 1h 9m
BRASS Egyptian Scarab Beetle Brass Jewelry Findings and Brass Stampings C 405
BRASS Egyptian Scarab Beetle Brass Jewelry Findings and Brass Stampings C 405
$2.35
Time Remaining: 1h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $2.35
Cool Vintage Yellow Tone Gruen Watch With Scarab Stone Bracelet Running With Box
Cool Vintage Yellow Tone Gruen Watch With Scarab Stone Bracelet Running With Box
$12.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 17m
EGYPTIAN LUCKY SCARAB BEETLE BANGLES BRACELET BRASS CUFF VINTAGE CHUNKY CUFF
EGYPTIAN LUCKY SCARAB BEETLE BANGLES BRACELET BRASS CUFF VINTAGE CHUNKY CUFF
$24.75
Time Remaining: 1h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $24.75
Scarab Bracelet
Scarab Bracelet
$30.00
Time Remaining: 1h 40m
Buy It Now for only: $39.00
Vintage Signed Burt Cassell 12K GF Scarab Earrings paired w Coro Brooch
Vintage Signed Burt Cassell 12K GF Scarab Earrings paired w Coro Brooch
$9.00
Time Remaining: 1h 57m
VINTAGE GOLDTONE MULTI COLOR RAINBOW GLASS SCARAB CIRCLE HOOP PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE GOLDTONE MULTI COLOR RAINBOW GLASS SCARAB CIRCLE HOOP PIN BROOCH
$19.99
Time Remaining: 2h 8m
Vintage Bal Ron 4 Scarab 12 K Gold Filled Pin Brooch VFC
Vintage Bal Ron 4 Scarab 12 K Gold Filled Pin Brooch VFC
$13.75
Time Remaining: 2h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $13.75
Scarab Bracelet and Multicoloed Pin
Scarab Bracelet and Multicoloed Pin
$22.00
Time Remaining: 2h 25m
Art Deco Peking Glass  Lucite Scarab Necklace
Art Deco Peking Glass Lucite Scarab Necklace
$59.99
Time Remaining: 2h 31m
Vintage Estate Gold Multi Colored Scarab Egyptian Hieroglyphic Deco Bracelet
Vintage Estate Gold Multi Colored Scarab Egyptian Hieroglyphic Deco Bracelet
$6.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 36m
VINTAGE SCARAB BRACELET GOLDTONE SETTING CARVED BUGS 7 1 2 INCHES WHITE SCARABS
VINTAGE SCARAB BRACELET GOLDTONE SETTING CARVED BUGS 7 1 2 INCHES WHITE SCARABS
$9.99
Time Remaining: 2h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
Vintage Carved Jade SCARAB Ring in Sterling Mounting w Serpents Ring Size 7
Vintage Carved Jade SCARAB Ring in Sterling Mounting w Serpents Ring Size 7
$274.00
Time Remaining: 2h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $274.00
ANTIQUE ART DECO SCARAB BEETLE COSTUME JEWELLERY BUG PIN BROOCH
ANTIQUE ART DECO SCARAB BEETLE COSTUME JEWELLERY BUG PIN BROOCH
$18.55 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 4m
Vintage Pasadena Jewelry goldtone metal necklace  green glass egyptian scarab
Vintage Pasadena Jewelry goldtone metal necklace green glass egyptian scarab
$3.80 (7 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 5m
Vintage Scarab multi color glass bracelet 8 1 4
Vintage Scarab multi color glass bracelet 8 1 4
$10.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 5m

« Previous12345
Summary
Article Name
Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry
Author
Description
Recent interest in Scarab Beetle jewelry, both new and vintage, is creating a growing niche market for the beautiful colored stone jewelry.
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest

Tags:

Category: All About Old Jewelry

About the Author ()

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.

Leave a Reply