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 KESTENMADE GOLD FILLED SMALL SCARAB WATCH BRACELET WITH GENUINE STONES
VINTAGE KESTENMADE GOLD FILLED SMALL SCARAB WATCH BRACELET WITH GENUINE STONES
$45.00
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VINTAGE COSTUME BRACLETE 7 L SILVERTONE WHITE SCARAB STONE WITH CZ
VINTAGE COSTUME BRACLETE 7 L SILVERTONE WHITE SCARAB STONE WITH CZ
$10.99
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SPECTACULAR SCARAB BEETLE NECKLACE SCARAB NECKLACE INSECT NECKLACE
SPECTACULAR SCARAB BEETLE NECKLACE SCARAB NECKLACE INSECT NECKLACE
$474.42
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Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Double Link 14k Gold Filled Bracelet by CARLA
Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Double Link 14k Gold Filled Bracelet by CARLA
$29.99
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Vintage 12K Gold Filled Stamped Burt Cassell Scarab 75 Inch Bracelet
Vintage 12K Gold Filled Stamped Burt Cassell Scarab 75 Inch Bracelet
$35.00
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Vintage Scarab 775 Inch Bracelet Beautiful Circle Setting
Vintage Scarab 775 Inch Bracelet Beautiful Circle Setting
$20.00
Time Remaining: 1h 8m
Vintage 12K Gold Filled Stamped Burt Cassell Scarab 75 Inch Bracelet
Vintage 12K Gold Filled Stamped Burt Cassell Scarab 75 Inch Bracelet
$30.00
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Vintage 12K Gold Filled Stamped Amco Scarab 775 Inch 6 Stone Bracelet
Vintage 12K Gold Filled Stamped Amco Scarab 775 Inch 6 Stone Bracelet
$40.00
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Estate Scarab Stamped Bal ron 775 Inch 12K Gold Filled 7 Stone Bracelet
Estate Scarab Stamped Bal ron 775 Inch 12K Gold Filled 7 Stone Bracelet
$40.00
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Vintage Scarab Stamped Amco 750 Inch 12K Gold Filled 5 Stone Bracelet
Vintage Scarab Stamped Amco 750 Inch 12K Gold Filled 5 Stone Bracelet
$40.00
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Scarab 750 Inch Sterling Silver 7 Semi Precious Stone Bracelet
Scarab 750 Inch Sterling Silver 7 Semi Precious Stone Bracelet
$50.00
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Haute Couture Egyptian Revival Scarab Necklace Signed By Artist 785A4
Haute Couture Egyptian Revival Scarab Necklace Signed By Artist 785A4
$33.99
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Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Link 1 20 12k Gold Filled Bracelet
Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Link 1 20 12k Gold Filled Bracelet
$9.99
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Mostly Vtg 13PC Faux  Genuine Turquoise Lot Scarab Bolo Bracelets Ers Necklaces
Mostly Vtg 13PC Faux Genuine Turquoise Lot Scarab Bolo Bracelets Ers Necklaces
$13.27 (7 Bids)
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Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Link 14k Gold Filled 20 Necklace inOriginal Case
Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Link 14k Gold Filled 20 Necklace inOriginal Case
$79.99
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CUTE Vintage Pair Matching Beetle Scarab Bug Pins Amber Color Enamel Gold Tone
CUTE Vintage Pair Matching Beetle Scarab Bug Pins Amber Color Enamel Gold Tone
$18.99
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Buy It Now for only: $18.99
VINTAGE SCARAB STONE ABALONE NECKLACE GOLD TONE SPACERS
VINTAGE SCARAB STONE ABALONE NECKLACE GOLD TONE SPACERS
$24.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Estate JUDY LEE Scarab Faux Turquoise Silver Clip On Earrings
Vintage Estate JUDY LEE Scarab Faux Turquoise Silver Clip On Earrings
$5.75
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Vintage Gold Filled Genuine Stone 9 Scarab Double Link Bracelet Unusual Design
Vintage Gold Filled Genuine Stone 9 Scarab Double Link Bracelet Unusual Design
$95.00
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MID CENTURY K L SIGNED 12K GF 6 SEMI PRECIOUS STONES SCARAB CIRCLE PIN BROOCH
MID CENTURY K L SIGNED 12K GF 6 SEMI PRECIOUS STONES SCARAB CIRCLE PIN BROOCH
$8.49 (2 Bids)
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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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