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 1 20 12k gf Blue SCARAB Cobalt Dangle Earrings 125 Carved Glass
Vintage 1 20 12k gf Blue SCARAB Cobalt Dangle Earrings 125 Carved Glass
$14.88
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Cleopatra and Scarab Enamel Rhinestone Chatelain Pin
Vintage Egyptian Revival Cleopatra and Scarab Enamel Rhinestone Chatelain Pin
$375.00
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VINTAGE 1950S 10K GOLD DANGLING TIGERS EYE SCARAB SCREW EARRINGS
VINTAGE 1950S 10K GOLD DANGLING TIGERS EYE SCARAB SCREW EARRINGS
$195.00
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED GENUINE 4 STONE SCARAB BRACELET WITH FANCY FILIGREE LINKS
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED GENUINE 4 STONE SCARAB BRACELET WITH FANCY FILIGREE LINKS
$75.00
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VINTAGE TURQUOISE SCARAB Beetle Caraved NECKLACE 26
VINTAGE TURQUOISE SCARAB Beetle Caraved NECKLACE 26
$7.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1h 43m
Vintage Carved Glass Scarab Link Bracelet 123 Grams
Vintage Carved Glass Scarab Link Bracelet 123 Grams
$9.99
Time Remaining: 2h 26m
Vintage Chunky Selro Czech Glass Scarab Bracelet
Vintage Chunky Selro Czech Glass Scarab Bracelet
$24.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 29m
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED RONCI CARVED TIGER EYE SCARAB TURTLE SCREWBACK EARRINGS
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED RONCI CARVED TIGER EYE SCARAB TURTLE SCREWBACK EARRINGS
$65.00
Time Remaining: 2h 32m
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Scarab Ring
Vintage Egyptian Revival Scarab Ring
$28.08
Time Remaining: 2h 52m
Buy It Now for only: $28.08
New On Card TS Genuine Scarab Gold Tone Turtle Pin
New On Card TS Genuine Scarab Gold Tone Turtle Pin
$9.99
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Pretty Vintage Egyptian Carved Gemstone SCARAB Gold Fill Clip Back Earrings
Pretty Vintage Egyptian Carved Gemstone SCARAB Gold Fill Clip Back Earrings
$24.50
Time Remaining: 3h 30m
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Vintage Gold Plated Scarab Necklace  Earrings Excellent Condition
Vintage Gold Plated Scarab Necklace Earrings Excellent Condition
$7.99
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Real Scarab Beetle Egyptian Revival Necklace Antique Victorian 1890s
Real Scarab Beetle Egyptian Revival Necklace Antique Victorian 1890s
$162.50 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 48m
Vintage 12k Gold Filled Carved Scarab Gemstone Link Bracelet W Safety Chain 8
Vintage 12k Gold Filled Carved Scarab Gemstone Link Bracelet W Safety Chain 8
$7.00 (2 Bids)
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EXQUISITE STERLING SILVER 925 RUBY  CLEAR STONE SCARAB NECKLACE
EXQUISITE STERLING SILVER 925 RUBY CLEAR STONE SCARAB NECKLACE
$150.00
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Vintage 1960s 1970s Scarab Gold Filled 9 section Bracelet 75 inches
Vintage 1960s 1970s Scarab Gold Filled 9 section Bracelet 75 inches
$69.50
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EGYPTIAN HALLMARKED SILVER BROOCH PENDANT SCARAB FIGURAL ORNATE
EGYPTIAN HALLMARKED SILVER BROOCH PENDANT SCARAB FIGURAL ORNATE
$95.00
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RARE CARVED NATURAL AMBER SCARAB RING EGYPTIAN REVIVAL UNIQUE DECO
RARE CARVED NATURAL AMBER SCARAB RING EGYPTIAN REVIVAL UNIQUE DECO
$149.00
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Rare Art Deco Amethyst Lapis Agate Onyx  Carnelian Scarab 14K Gold Necklace
Rare Art Deco Amethyst Lapis Agate Onyx Carnelian Scarab 14K Gold Necklace
$3,800.00
Time Remaining: 4h 30m
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VINTAGE 12K GF GOLD FILLED SCARAB CIRCLE PIN 1 1 4 TIGERS EYE ONYX CARNEALI
VINTAGE 12K GF GOLD FILLED SCARAB CIRCLE PIN 1 1 4 TIGERS EYE ONYX CARNEALI
$97.49
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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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