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.

VTG RARE HUGE TRIFARI EGYPTIAN REVIVAL ENAMEL SCARAB BEETLE PENDANT NECKLACE SET
VTG RARE HUGE TRIFARI EGYPTIAN REVIVAL ENAMEL SCARAB BEETLE PENDANT NECKLACE SET
$674.99
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Vintage gold filled scarab pin
Vintage gold filled scarab pin
$15.00
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STUNNING VINTAGE ESTATE GOLD TONE ASSORTED SCARAB CABOCHON BRACELET 1015B
STUNNING VINTAGE ESTATE GOLD TONE ASSORTED SCARAB CABOCHON BRACELET 1015B
$6.26 (7 Bids)
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Vtg Mixed Lot Jewelry Necklaces Bracelet Repair Wear Brooch Pin Rings TLC Scarab
Vtg Mixed Lot Jewelry Necklaces Bracelet Repair Wear Brooch Pin Rings TLC Scarab
$12.99
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Fabulous Unusual Early Plastic Egg Yolk Amber Colored Bracelet w Scarab
Fabulous Unusual Early Plastic Egg Yolk Amber Colored Bracelet w Scarab
$59.99
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VINTAGE RARE GOLD FILLED GENUINE STONES CARVED SCARAB BRACELET
VINTAGE RARE GOLD FILLED GENUINE STONES CARVED SCARAB BRACELET
$34.99
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Vintage gold enamel scarab bracelet
Vintage gold enamel scarab bracelet
$19.99
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c1830 1850 ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL 9ct GOLD  CERAMIC FAIENCE SCARAB EARRINGS
c1830 1850 ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL 9ct GOLD CERAMIC FAIENCE SCARAB EARRINGS
$137.11
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GORGEOUS VINTAGE ESTATE GOLD TONE GENUINE STONE SCARABS WREATH BROOCH 3B
GORGEOUS VINTAGE ESTATE GOLD TONE GENUINE STONE SCARABS WREATH BROOCH 3B
$5.50 (6 Bids)
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VINTAGE AGATE TIGERS EYE ENAMEL SCARAB PIN
VINTAGE AGATE TIGERS EYE ENAMEL SCARAB PIN
$79.99
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Vintage 12K GF Agate Carnelian Tige Eye Rhodonite Sodalit Scarab Brooch by WRE
Vintage 12K GF Agate Carnelian Tige Eye Rhodonite Sodalit Scarab Brooch by WRE
$17.99
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MAX NEIGER Deco Egyptian Revival GREEN Pharaoh Sautoir Scarab Glass Necklace
MAX NEIGER Deco Egyptian Revival GREEN Pharaoh Sautoir Scarab Glass Necklace
$225.00
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VINTAGE AMCO GF GREEN AGATE SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS NICE
VINTAGE AMCO GF GREEN AGATE SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS NICE
$79.99
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TIFFANY Glass SCARAB NOUVEAU Pendant
TIFFANY Glass SCARAB NOUVEAU Pendant
$1,500.00
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INC 12K Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet
INC 12K Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet
$19.99
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Vintage Scarab Gold Filled Circle Brooch Pin Carved Beetle Signed CC 525683
Vintage Scarab Gold Filled Circle Brooch Pin Carved Beetle Signed CC 525683
$9.99
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Vintage scarab beetle style necklace
Vintage scarab beetle style necklace
$9.90
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Vintage blue scarab beetle style necklace
Vintage blue scarab beetle style necklace
$9.90
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Pretty Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Gold Leaf Round Pin
Pretty Vintage Carved Gemstone Scarab Gold Leaf Round Pin
$8.00
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Vintage Scarab Gemstone Interchangeable Necklace earrings Set
Vintage Scarab Gemstone Interchangeable Necklace earrings Set
$39.50
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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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