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.

Antique Victorian Genuine Real Scarabs Silver Brooch
Antique Victorian Genuine Real Scarabs Silver Brooch
$125.12
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Vintage Ginnie Johansen Silvertone Pink Scarab Clip Earrings
Vintage Ginnie Johansen Silvertone Pink Scarab Clip Earrings
$20.99
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VTG Lot of 20 Bracelets Souvenir Natural Stone Scarab Etc Perfect for Resale
VTG Lot of 20 Bracelets Souvenir Natural Stone Scarab Etc Perfect for Resale
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VTG SCARAB BRACELET TIGER EYE LEPIDOLITE ONYX UNAKITE CHRYSOPRASE JASPER UB779
VTG SCARAB BRACELET TIGER EYE LEPIDOLITE ONYX UNAKITE CHRYSOPRASE JASPER UB779
$23.00
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VINTAGE GOLD PLATED SCARAB GREEN STONE SETTING PIN BROOCH 1 20 12K
VINTAGE GOLD PLATED SCARAB GREEN STONE SETTING PIN BROOCH 1 20 12K
$15.00
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4187 MEDIUM ANTIQUED GOLD SCARAB COMPONENT 2 Pc Lot
4187 MEDIUM ANTIQUED GOLD SCARAB COMPONENT 2 Pc Lot
$4.50
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Vintage scarab beetle Egypt Occupied Japan In Rice paper
Vintage scarab beetle Egypt Occupied Japan In Rice paper
$100.00
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Vintage Egyptian Revival 1960 70s Large Blue Scarab Ankh Pharaoh Dangle Necklace
Vintage Egyptian Revival 1960 70s Large Blue Scarab Ankh Pharaoh Dangle Necklace
$48.00
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Unmarked Gold tone Craved Semi Precious Stone Scarabs Ring Brooch Pin
Unmarked Gold tone Craved Semi Precious Stone Scarabs Ring Brooch Pin
$14.25
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VINTAGE Yellow Gold BROOCH BLUE SCARAB CARVED 41 GR F1120
VINTAGE Yellow Gold BROOCH BLUE SCARAB CARVED 41 GR F1120
$149.40
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EGYPTIAN PHARAOH BRACELET WITH LAPIS FACE  SCARAB SURROUND 925 STERLING SILVER
EGYPTIAN PHARAOH BRACELET WITH LAPIS FACE SCARAB SURROUND 925 STERLING SILVER
$1,650.00
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E88 One of a kind filigree scarab cocktail ring in solid 18K YG size 7 3 4
E88 One of a kind filigree scarab cocktail ring in solid 18K YG size 7 3 4
$195.00
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RARE PAIR BROWN CARVED BAKELITE SCARAB DRESS CLIPS
RARE PAIR BROWN CARVED BAKELITE SCARAB DRESS CLIPS
$350.00
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VTG HM STERLING SILVER ORGANIC MODERNIST  CARVED AGATE SCARAB FLOWER RING 525
VTG HM STERLING SILVER ORGANIC MODERNIST CARVED AGATE SCARAB FLOWER RING 525
$25.00
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Vintage Scarab Bracelet Colored Stones Silver Tone Metal
Vintage Scarab Bracelet Colored Stones Silver Tone Metal
$12.00
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VINTAGE ART DECO SCARAB BRACELET
VINTAGE ART DECO SCARAB BRACELET
$15.00
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Pretty vintage AZ gold filled scarab bug bee pin brooch
Pretty vintage AZ gold filled scarab bug bee pin brooch
$59.99
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VINTAGE GOLD TONED SCARAB BROOCH PIN SIGNED CC
VINTAGE GOLD TONED SCARAB BROOCH PIN SIGNED CC
$12.88
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Authentic Vintage Gold Tone 1960s Faux Jade Scarab Circle Brooch Pin
Authentic Vintage Gold Tone 1960s Faux Jade Scarab Circle Brooch Pin
$11.24
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Vintage Egyptian Sterling Silver Scarab Dangle Earrings
Vintage Egyptian Sterling Silver Scarab Dangle Earrings
$9.99
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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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