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.

SCARAB Turtle Bracelet Sterling S 80 NWOT Gift Boxed
SCARAB Turtle Bracelet Sterling S 80 NWOT Gift Boxed
$19.99
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Vintage Sterling Silver Tiffany Scarab Stick Pin
Vintage Sterling Silver Tiffany Scarab Stick Pin
$103.59 (13 Bids)
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VINTAGE VAN DELL GOLD FILLED HUGE 1 CARVED CARNELIAN SCARAB SCREWBACK EARRINGS
VINTAGE VAN DELL GOLD FILLED HUGE 1 CARVED CARNELIAN SCARAB SCREWBACK EARRINGS
$95.00
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Scarab Beetle Cream Off White Fish Line Necklace
Vintage Egyptian Revival Scarab Beetle Cream Off White Fish Line Necklace
$14.99
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SIGNED 12K GF SCARAB GEMSTONESPEARL SCREW BACK EARRINGS EGYPTIAN REVIVAL PRETTY
SIGNED 12K GF SCARAB GEMSTONESPEARL SCREW BACK EARRINGS EGYPTIAN REVIVAL PRETTY
$28.00
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Sterling Silver Bracelet Charm Beetle Egyptian Scarab Amber 12 Grams
Sterling Silver Bracelet Charm Beetle Egyptian Scarab Amber 12 Grams
$15.80
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Vintage80s NOSTurq Glass ScarabEgyptian RevivalStudio 25 DesignsBarrette
Vintage80s NOSTurq Glass ScarabEgyptian RevivalStudio 25 DesignsBarrette
$22.99
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VINTAGE GOLD METAL LEAF SHAPED BROOCH WITH 2 SCARABS AND 1 PEARL
VINTAGE GOLD METAL LEAF SHAPED BROOCH WITH 2 SCARABS AND 1 PEARL
$18.95
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VINTAGE AMCO GOLD FILLED JADE SCARAB DANGLE EARRINGS
VINTAGE AMCO GOLD FILLED JADE SCARAB DANGLE EARRINGS
$44.95
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VINTAGE MULTI COLORED LUCITE SCARABS DOUBLE BAR LINK BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN
VINTAGE MULTI COLORED LUCITE SCARABS DOUBLE BAR LINK BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN
$25.49
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Vtg Egyptian Revival Scarab Sterling Earrings
Vtg Egyptian Revival Scarab Sterling Earrings
$32.00
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Vintage Carved Stone Scarab Bracelet
Vintage Carved Stone Scarab Bracelet
$15.00
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14k Gold Lapis And Diamond Scarab Bracelet
14k Gold Lapis And Diamond Scarab Bracelet
$2,999.00
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VINTAGE GOLD TONE LUCITE SCARAB TIE BAR PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE GOLD TONE LUCITE SCARAB TIE BAR PIN BROOCH
$18.00
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VINTAGE 14k Garnet Turquoise Scarab Beetle Bug Pin Estate Jewelry Brooch 1 1 2
VINTAGE 14k Garnet Turquoise Scarab Beetle Bug Pin Estate Jewelry Brooch 1 1 2
$809.99
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Art Deco Sterling Egyptian Scarab Earrings
Art Deco Sterling Egyptian Scarab Earrings
$89.10
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VINTAGE 800 SILVER CUFFLINKS EGYPTIAN SCARAB
VINTAGE 800 SILVER CUFFLINKS EGYPTIAN SCARAB
$80.10
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VINTAGE HIGH END LARGE 5 LINK MULTI COLOR SCARAB GOLD TONE BRACELET LOT951
VINTAGE HIGH END LARGE 5 LINK MULTI COLOR SCARAB GOLD TONE BRACELET LOT951
$12.99
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Vintage Bracelet Sterling Silver  Turquoise Scarabs
Vintage Bracelet Sterling Silver Turquoise Scarabs
$50.00
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EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB CRYSTAL RHINESTONE Vtg Choker Pendant Statement Necklace
EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB CRYSTAL RHINESTONE Vtg Choker Pendant Statement Necklace
$42.00
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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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