Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry

September 12, 2010 | By | Reply More

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 Sterling Silver Filigree Egyptian Scarab Pendant
Vintage Sterling Silver Filigree Egyptian Scarab Pendant
$149.99
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Antique Art Deco silver Scarab Beetle Turquoise Earrings Egyptian
Antique Art Deco silver Scarab Beetle Turquoise Earrings Egyptian
$8.29 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 41m
VINTAGE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB JADE OR PEKING GLASS BRACELET
VINTAGE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB JADE OR PEKING GLASS BRACELET
$5.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 58m
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED WRE TRIPLE SCARAB STICK PIN
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED WRE TRIPLE SCARAB STICK PIN
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 59m
Goldtone Aligator Brooch With Green  Orange Scarab Stone
Goldtone Aligator Brooch With Green Orange Scarab Stone
$24.50
Time Remaining: 1h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $24.50
Sterling Turtle  Real Signed Scarab Stone Pin by DOR Gold Wash on Silver
Sterling Turtle Real Signed Scarab Stone Pin by DOR Gold Wash on Silver
$35.00
Time Remaining: 1h 52m
Vintage Scarab Brooch Etched on top Signed on Bottom
Vintage Scarab Brooch Etched on top Signed on Bottom
$5.00
Time Remaining: 1h 59m
Vintage Bracelet  pin Scarab Beetle Egyptian Revival Colorful Molded Glass
Vintage Bracelet pin Scarab Beetle Egyptian Revival Colorful Molded Glass
$24.99
Time Remaining: 2h
Buy It Now for only: $24.99
Estate SCARAB BRACELET cameo on stones w tiny pearls 7 vintage
Estate SCARAB BRACELET cameo on stones w tiny pearls 7 vintage
$29.99
Time Remaining: 2h 8m
VINTAGE 12K GF WRE SCARAB BROOCH WITH CARVED GEMSTONES
VINTAGE 12K GF WRE SCARAB BROOCH WITH CARVED GEMSTONES
$15.00
Time Remaining: 2h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00
A MIXED COLLECTION OF BRACELETSEARRINGSNECKLACES AND PINSENAMELSSCARABCRYST
A MIXED COLLECTION OF BRACELETSEARRINGSNECKLACES AND PINSENAMELSSCARABCRYST
$7.50
Time Remaining: 2h 29m
VTG CLASSIC 7 CHARM SLIDER BRACELET BLACK CARVED SCARABS GOLD TONE 75
VTG CLASSIC 7 CHARM SLIDER BRACELET BLACK CARVED SCARABS GOLD TONE 75
$0.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2h 30m
VTG MODERN STUDIO BRASS NECKLACE W LAPIS SCARAB BEETLE SIGNED CHARLOTTE
VTG MODERN STUDIO BRASS NECKLACE W LAPIS SCARAB BEETLE SIGNED CHARLOTTE
$15.00
Time Remaining: 2h 50m
Beautiful Vintage Gold Filled Scarab Egyptian Multi Stone Bracelet M03 B 09
Beautiful Vintage Gold Filled Scarab Egyptian Multi Stone Bracelet M03 B 09
$119.99
Time Remaining: 2h 54m
Buy It Now for only: $119.99
Vintage scarab Earrings
Vintage scarab Earrings
$3.50
Time Remaining: 3h 10m
egyptian revival scarab czechneiger brother stylebroochbrass and glass
egyptian revival scarab czechneiger brother stylebroochbrass and glass
$55.00
Time Remaining: 3h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $80.00
Vintage 12K Gold Filled Love Birds Brooch with Scarabs by WRE
Vintage 12K Gold Filled Love Birds Brooch with Scarabs by WRE
$49.99
Time Remaining: 3h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
Antique Dark Purple Scarab Framed in Sterling Silver Pendant
Antique Dark Purple Scarab Framed in Sterling Silver Pendant
$10.00
Time Remaining: 3h 21m
STUNNING SILVER AND ENAMEL EGYPTIAN SCARAB BROOCH CHARLES HORNER ART NOUVEAU
STUNNING SILVER AND ENAMEL EGYPTIAN SCARAB BROOCH CHARLES HORNER ART NOUVEAU
$214.65 (33 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 38m
Vintage Molded Glass Scarab Bracelet 7 Different Colors
Vintage Molded Glass Scarab Bracelet 7 Different Colors
$8.50
Time Remaining: 3h 56m

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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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