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.

Vintage A  Z 1 20 12k Gold Filled Scarab Screwback Earrings
Vintage A Z 1 20 12k Gold Filled Scarab Screwback Earrings
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DANECRAFT 1 20 12K GF Semi Precious Scarab Flower Pin 59 grams 2 1 8
DANECRAFT 1 20 12K GF Semi Precious Scarab Flower Pin 59 grams 2 1 8
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Vintage jewellery goldtone yellow glass Czech scarab earring for pierced ears
Vintage jewellery goldtone yellow glass Czech scarab earring for pierced ears
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VINTAGE EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN SCARAB EARRINGS EGYPTIAN SCARAB
VINTAGE EGYPTIAN CARNELIAN SCARAB EARRINGS EGYPTIAN SCARAB
$28.00
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Vintage Scarab Stone In Round Goldtone Setting Brooch
Vintage Scarab Stone In Round Goldtone Setting Brooch
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Large Beetle Scarab Ox Brass Stamping Ornament Pendant Jewelry Findings
Large Beetle Scarab Ox Brass Stamping Ornament Pendant Jewelry Findings
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Large Beetle Scarab Ox Silver Stamping Ornament Pendant Jewelry Findings
Large Beetle Scarab Ox Silver Stamping Ornament Pendant Jewelry Findings
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Vintage carved scarab mouse pin
Vintage carved scarab mouse pin
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Fine Genuine Carved SCARAB BRACELET EGYPTIAN REVIVAL Bal Ron12K GF
Fine Genuine Carved SCARAB BRACELET EGYPTIAN REVIVAL Bal Ron12K GF
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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
$294.52
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Teotihuacan Hecho Mexico AF Black Stone Scarab Pendant Necklace Vintage Estate
Teotihuacan Hecho Mexico AF Black Stone Scarab Pendant Necklace Vintage Estate
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Egyptian Scarab Link Bracelet GF Lapis Tiger Eye Jade Unakite Onyx Carnelian
Egyptian Scarab Link Bracelet GF Lapis Tiger Eye Jade Unakite Onyx Carnelian
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Scarab Bracelet w Semi Precious Stones 7 3 4 long
Scarab Bracelet w Semi Precious Stones 7 3 4 long
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Van Dell SCARABS Gold Filled Tiger Eye Lapis Rhodochrosite Gemstones Bracelet
Van Dell SCARABS Gold Filled Tiger Eye Lapis Rhodochrosite Gemstones Bracelet
$27.99
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PAQUETTE Vintage Brooche Pin Egyptian Revival Scarab Beetle Bug Stones Marked
PAQUETTE Vintage Brooche Pin Egyptian Revival Scarab Beetle Bug Stones Marked
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Egyptian Revival Enameled Winged Scarab Scarabeaus Amulet Pendant Necklace
Egyptian Revival Enameled Winged Scarab Scarabeaus Amulet Pendant Necklace
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BIG SCARAB FIGURAL LINK BRACELET DESIGNER SIGNED
BIG SCARAB FIGURAL LINK BRACELET DESIGNER SIGNED
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18k Scarab Bracelet
18k Scarab Bracelet
$105.50 (4 Bids)
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Vintage 1960s Egyptian Revival 800 Silver Large 3 1 2 Faience Scarab Necklace
Vintage 1960s Egyptian Revival 800 Silver Large 3 1 2 Faience Scarab Necklace
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Sterling Silver 925 Egyptian Persian Turquoise Scarab Dangle Earrings 99 grams
Sterling Silver 925 Egyptian Persian Turquoise Scarab Dangle Earrings 99 grams
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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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