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 Admark 12K GF scarab earrings screw back
vintage Admark 12K GF scarab earrings screw back
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Egyptian Revival Carved Soapstone Alabaster Scarab Necklace Vintage Handmade
Egyptian Revival Carved Soapstone Alabaster Scarab Necklace Vintage Handmade
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EGYPTIAN SCARAB EARRINGS EARRINGS DANGLE EARRINGS STERLING SILVER PLATE
EGYPTIAN SCARAB EARRINGS EARRINGS DANGLE EARRINGS STERLING SILVER PLATE
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Vintage JEWELRY LOT COUTURE ART GLASS AFRICAN TRADE BEAD SCARAB OLIVE CINNABAR
Vintage JEWELRY LOT COUTURE ART GLASS AFRICAN TRADE BEAD SCARAB OLIVE CINNABAR
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Stunning Antique Sterling Silver Egyptian Faience Scarab Bracelet 725 39g
Stunning Antique Sterling Silver Egyptian Faience Scarab Bracelet 725 39g
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Vintage Egyptian Carved SCARAB Gold Fill Screw Back 12K Gold Fill Earrings A
Vintage Egyptian Carved SCARAB Gold Fill Screw Back 12K Gold Fill Earrings A
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Vintage Marked Warner Scarab Gold tone Bracelet Real Stones
Vintage Marked Warner Scarab Gold tone Bracelet Real Stones
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Antique Victorian Sterling Scarab Ring With Gemstone Eyes Ruby Tourmaline Size 6
Antique Victorian Sterling Scarab Ring With Gemstone Eyes Ruby Tourmaline Size 6
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Estate Costume Southwestern Scarab Cross Necklace 24
Estate Costume Southwestern Scarab Cross Necklace 24
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Vintage Celebrity Scarab Circle Pin Brooch  Matching Clip Earrings
Vintage Celebrity Scarab Circle Pin Brooch Matching Clip Earrings
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Vintage Scarab Earrings 14k
Vintage Scarab Earrings 14k
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Vintage Carved Scarabs Pin 3 Semi Precious Stones Gold Tone Brooch Green Black
Vintage Carved Scarabs Pin 3 Semi Precious Stones Gold Tone Brooch Green Black
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Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Lapis Carnelian Gemstone Bracelet
Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Lapis Carnelian Gemstone Bracelet
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Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Peking Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet
Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Peking Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet
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Genuine Chrysoprase Rose Quartz Lapis Scarab Stone Gold Plated Necklace 1510
Genuine Chrysoprase Rose Quartz Lapis Scarab Stone Gold Plated Necklace 1510
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Scarab Pendant Blue
Scarab Pendant Blue
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VINTAGE CHRISTIAN DIOR UNSIGNED JEWELED GRIPOIX SCARAB CABOCHON NECKLACE
VINTAGE CHRISTIAN DIOR UNSIGNED JEWELED GRIPOIX SCARAB CABOCHON NECKLACE
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Vintage CARLA 14K Gold Carved Natural Scarab Earrungs w PostsSignedc1970C
Vintage CARLA 14K Gold Carved Natural Scarab Earrungs w PostsSignedc1970C
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VINTAGE GOLD TONE MULTI COLOR STONE SCARAB PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE GOLD TONE MULTI COLOR STONE SCARAB PIN BROOCH
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Vintage 1960s Genuine Lapis Agate Onyx Tigers Eye Carved Scarab Brooch 2012s
Vintage 1960s Genuine Lapis Agate Onyx Tigers Eye Carved Scarab Brooch 2012s
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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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