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 Large SCARAB Pendant MINT Purchased in Egypt 1970s Silver
Vintage Large SCARAB Pendant MINT Purchased in Egypt 1970s Silver
$15.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage 1960s Engle Bros 1 20 10K Gold Filled Scarab Rare Bracelet
Vintage 1960s Engle Bros 1 20 10K Gold Filled Scarab Rare Bracelet
$34.99
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VINTAGE CURRENT FAUX TURQUOISE NECKLACE EARRING PIN LOT SCARAB FLEUR DE LIS
VINTAGE CURRENT FAUX TURQUOISE NECKLACE EARRING PIN LOT SCARAB FLEUR DE LIS
$14.99
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PUFFY HEART Sterling Silver Hand Crafted TURQUOISE SCARAB 7 1 4 CUFF BRACELET
PUFFY HEART Sterling Silver Hand Crafted TURQUOISE SCARAB 7 1 4 CUFF BRACELET
$384.99
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VINTAGE SIGNED BENEDIKT NEW YORK EXQUISITE SCARAB LINK BRACELET UNIQUE
VINTAGE SIGNED BENEDIKT NEW YORK EXQUISITE SCARAB LINK BRACELET UNIQUE
$27.00
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Elegant Vintage Unsigned Bracelet Art Deco Scarab Rhinestones
Elegant Vintage Unsigned Bracelet Art Deco Scarab Rhinestones
$59.95
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Sterling Silver Scarab Multi Stone Bracelet W Marcasites 215 grams 10 B2550
Sterling Silver Scarab Multi Stone Bracelet W Marcasites 215 grams 10 B2550
$60.44
Time Remaining: 4h 11m
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Two Vintage Scarab Bracelets Medium Sized Scarabs  Large 75 Long
Two Vintage Scarab Bracelets Medium Sized Scarabs Large 75 Long
$60.00
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Vintage Watch Fob Style Pendant Necklace Carved Stone Scarabs
Vintage Watch Fob Style Pendant Necklace Carved Stone Scarabs
$54.00
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CARVED 5 STONE BEETLE SCARAB 7 1 2 GOLD TONE BRACELET
CARVED 5 STONE BEETLE SCARAB 7 1 2 GOLD TONE BRACELET
$34.00
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VINTAGE SIGNED 12K GF CAB SCARAB SIGNED CURTIS CREATIONS BRACELET 4217A
VINTAGE SIGNED 12K GF CAB SCARAB SIGNED CURTIS CREATIONS BRACELET 4217A
$17.50 (21 Bids)
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Small Scarab 7 stones 7 1 2 inches long Bracelet
Small Scarab 7 stones 7 1 2 inches long Bracelet
$31.50
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Elongated Carved Stone Scarab Gold Filled Bracelet
Vintage Egyptian Revival Elongated Carved Stone Scarab Gold Filled Bracelet
$67.50
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VINTAGE KENNETH J LANE SCARAB EARRINGS WHITE AND GOLD TONE CLIP ON
VINTAGE KENNETH J LANE SCARAB EARRINGS WHITE AND GOLD TONE CLIP ON
$15.49 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Eqyptian Revival Carved Gemstone Scarab Brooch
Vintage Eqyptian Revival Carved Gemstone Scarab Brooch
$9.99
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QVC VINTAGE 75 DOUBLE STRAND LINK + MULTI COLORED GENUINE SCARAB BRACELET
QVC VINTAGE 75 DOUBLE STRAND LINK + MULTI COLORED GENUINE SCARAB BRACELET
$27.50
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VINTAGE SIGNED TIGERS EYE CARVED SCARAB EARRINGS 1 20 12k GOLD FILLED
VINTAGE SIGNED TIGERS EYE CARVED SCARAB EARRINGS 1 20 12k GOLD FILLED
$14.99
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Art Nouveau 14k Gold Scarab Beetle Bar Pin Rose Cut Diamond Sapphire Ruby Insect
Art Nouveau 14k Gold Scarab Beetle Bar Pin Rose Cut Diamond Sapphire Ruby Insect
$800.00
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Scarab Bracelet
Scarab Bracelet
$24.99
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Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Tigers Eye Scarab Cocktail Ring Fine Estate Jewelry
Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Tigers Eye Scarab Cocktail Ring Fine Estate Jewelry
$236.00
Time Remaining: 6h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $236.00

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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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