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 1960s 70s Goldtone Multi colored Circle Scarab Brooch 1 1 3 across
Vintage 1960s 70s Goldtone Multi colored Circle Scarab Brooch 1 1 3 across
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED 1 20TH 12K CARNELIAN SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED 1 20TH 12K CARNELIAN SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS
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QVC Interchangeable Goldtone Carved Gemstone Scarab Necklace Earrings 1 Missing
QVC Interchangeable Goldtone Carved Gemstone Scarab Necklace Earrings 1 Missing
$35.00
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Vintage WRE 12K Gold FilledGemstone Scarabs Bracelet
Vintage WRE 12K Gold FilledGemstone Scarabs Bracelet
$29.97
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Vintage CR CO 12K Gold Filled Flowered Scarab Brooch  Earring Set
Vintage CR CO 12K Gold Filled Flowered Scarab Brooch Earring Set
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VINTAGE WHITE GOLD FILLLED BLUE SCARAB EGYPTIAN REVIVAL CAB SIGNED C
VINTAGE WHITE GOLD FILLLED BLUE SCARAB EGYPTIAN REVIVAL CAB SIGNED C
$75.00
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Edwardian Victorian Real Scarab Genuine Beetle Earrings Gold Filled RARE ANTIQUE
Edwardian Victorian Real Scarab Genuine Beetle Earrings Gold Filled RARE ANTIQUE
$229.99
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Sterling Keychain EGYPTIAN SCARAB MOTIF STERLING SILVER
Sterling Keychain EGYPTIAN SCARAB MOTIF STERLING SILVER
$34.95
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VINTAGE GORGEOUS GOLD TONE DOUBLE SCARAB GREEN PINK COLOR DANGLE CLIP ON EARRING
VINTAGE GORGEOUS GOLD TONE DOUBLE SCARAB GREEN PINK COLOR DANGLE CLIP ON EARRING
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Antique Genuine Gemstone Golden Deco Vintage Scarab Brooch Pin
Antique Genuine Gemstone Golden Deco Vintage Scarab Brooch Pin
$44.00
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Van Dell 12k Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet Multi colored
Van Dell 12k Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet Multi colored
$99.99
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3 Pairs of Vintage C1920s Earrings Onyx w Stars Hearts Green Scarabs
3 Pairs of Vintage C1920s Earrings Onyx w Stars Hearts Green Scarabs
$43.00
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Vtg Di Orios Massive Egyptian Revival Scarab Glass Enamel Statement NECKLACE
Vtg Di Orios Massive Egyptian Revival Scarab Glass Enamel Statement NECKLACE
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Goldtone Chain Necklace w Large Articulated Scarab Beetle Ladybug Pendant
Goldtone Chain Necklace w Large Articulated Scarab Beetle Ladybug Pendant
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VINTAGE SCARAB SHAPED DOUBLE SIDED PENDANT 925 STERLING PD 1052
VINTAGE SCARAB SHAPED DOUBLE SIDED PENDANT 925 STERLING PD 1052
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vtg Antique STONE Egyptian SCARAB BRACELET Gold Filled Blue Onyx Carnelian 1950s
vtg Antique STONE Egyptian SCARAB BRACELET Gold Filled Blue Onyx Carnelian 1950s
$47.50
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Retro Late Art Deco 1940 8 Scarab Multi Color 14k Yellow Gold Bracelet
Retro Late Art Deco 1940 8 Scarab Multi Color 14k Yellow Gold Bracelet
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SUPERB ART DECO STYLE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL WINGED SCARAB FINE ENAMEL SILVER BROOCH
SUPERB ART DECO STYLE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL WINGED SCARAB FINE ENAMEL SILVER BROOCH
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Vintage Burt Cassell 12k Gold Filled Scarab Pin Brooch
Vintage Burt Cassell 12k Gold Filled Scarab Pin Brooch
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VINTAGE ESTATE SIGNED HG 12K GF TIGERS EYE SCARAB SCREW 1 2 EARRINGS 4037T
VINTAGE ESTATE SIGNED HG 12K GF TIGERS EYE SCARAB SCREW 1 2 EARRINGS 4037T
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Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry
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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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