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.

CUTE VINTAGE STERLING SILVER CROSS PENDANT WITH 6 SCARAB SEMIPRECIOUS STONES
CUTE VINTAGE STERLING SILVER CROSS PENDANT WITH 6 SCARAB SEMIPRECIOUS STONES
$25.00
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Signed Van Dell Unusual 14K Carved Scarab Polished Stone 16 Long Necklace NICE
Signed Van Dell Unusual 14K Carved Scarab Polished Stone 16 Long Necklace NICE
$495.00
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Vintage Goldtone Tiger Eye Rhodonite Carnelian Gemstone Scarab Beetle Brooch
Vintage Goldtone Tiger Eye Rhodonite Carnelian Gemstone Scarab Beetle Brooch
$6.99
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Vintage Gold Diamond  Pearl Egyptian Scarab Beetle Brooch Pin
Vintage Gold Diamond Pearl Egyptian Scarab Beetle Brooch Pin
$11.95
Time Remaining: 44m
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Vintage Scarab Carved Semi Precious Stones Anklet Bracelet Egyptian Revival
Vintage Scarab Carved Semi Precious Stones Anklet Bracelet Egyptian Revival
$9.99
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Georgian 18K Gold Micro Mosaic Scarab Brooch
Georgian 18K Gold Micro Mosaic Scarab Brooch
$6,500.00
Time Remaining: 1h 8m
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VINTAGE SILVER PLATE SCARAB ROUND EARRINGS CLIPS
VINTAGE SILVER PLATE SCARAB ROUND EARRINGS CLIPS
$19.99
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Vintage 1 20 12K Gold Filled 8 Scarab Stone 1 Brooch Pin
Vintage 1 20 12K Gold Filled 8 Scarab Stone 1 Brooch Pin
$24.99
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Lucite Translucent Egyptian Green Scarab Beetle Bangle
Lucite Translucent Egyptian Green Scarab Beetle Bangle
$12.99
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ESTATE 14 KARAT YELLOW GOLD SCARAB BRACELET VINTAGE ABS 3 1
ESTATE 14 KARAT YELLOW GOLD SCARAB BRACELET VINTAGE ABS 3 1
$1,275.00
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Buy It Now for only: $1,275.00
JBBB104 SARAH COVENTRY FLORAL SCARAB BROOCH PIN ART GLASS
JBBB104 SARAH COVENTRY FLORAL SCARAB BROOCH PIN ART GLASS
$19.95
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Antique Silver Scarab Necklet
Antique Silver Scarab Necklet
$93.50
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ESTATE 14 KARAT YELLOW GOLD SCARAB BRACELET VINTAGE ABS 4 585
ESTATE 14 KARAT YELLOW GOLD SCARAB BRACELET VINTAGE ABS 4 585
$975.00
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VINTAGE 2 1 2 INCH LOCKET NECKLACE Black on the chain with scarab
VINTAGE 2 1 2 INCH LOCKET NECKLACE Black on the chain with scarab
$9.99
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Vintage Carved Stone Scarab Gold Tone Bracelet
Vintage Carved Stone Scarab Gold Tone Bracelet
$9.00
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Vtg 12K Gold Filled Scarab Beetle Bracelet Egyptian Revival Carved Stone Link
Vtg 12K Gold Filled Scarab Beetle Bracelet Egyptian Revival Carved Stone Link
$54.99
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Vtg 12K Gold Filled Scarab Beetle Bracelet Egyptian Revival Carved Stone Link
Vtg 12K Gold Filled Scarab Beetle Bracelet Egyptian Revival Carved Stone Link
$54.99
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Vintage EmJ Emmons Gold Tone Faux Stone Scarab Bracelet Unique Band Retro Deco
Vintage EmJ Emmons Gold Tone Faux Stone Scarab Bracelet Unique Band Retro Deco
$39.95
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Vintage Egyptian Carved Scarab Stone Beaded Pendant Necklace
Vintage Egyptian Carved Scarab Stone Beaded Pendant Necklace
$24.99
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VINTAGE SCARAB BEETLE YELLOW BLACK BROWN BLUE STONE GOLD TONE BROOCH PIN
VINTAGE SCARAB BEETLE YELLOW BLACK BROWN BLUE STONE GOLD TONE BROOCH PIN
$29.99
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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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