Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry

September 12, 2010 | By | Reply More
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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 Van Dell 1943 1963 12 Karat Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet Gemstones 8 Inch
Vintage Van Dell 1943 1963 12 Karat Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet Gemstones 8 Inch
$95.00
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VINTAGE 1930s STERLING SILVER ART DECO SCARAB BRACELET
VINTAGE 1930s STERLING SILVER ART DECO SCARAB BRACELET
$45.00
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Vintage EGYPTIAN Blue Faience SCARAB Pendant  Stone Necklace
Vintage EGYPTIAN Blue Faience SCARAB Pendant Stone Necklace
$21.99
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Vintage Necklace of Red Glass Beaded and Scarab STUNNING
Vintage Necklace of Red Glass Beaded and Scarab STUNNING
$39.99
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Vintage 12Kt Gold Filled Scarab Carnelian CARVED Double Linked Bracelet
Vintage 12Kt Gold Filled Scarab Carnelian CARVED Double Linked Bracelet
$55.00
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VINTAGE SILVERTONE MULTI COLOR GLASS PRONG SET SCARAB BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN
VINTAGE SILVERTONE MULTI COLOR GLASS PRONG SET SCARAB BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN
$25.49
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Retro scarab beige  grey tone NECKLACE Pendant
Retro scarab beige grey tone NECKLACE Pendant
$9.99
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Cute Scarab Beetle Pin Brooch
Cute Scarab Beetle Pin Brooch
$4.00
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ROMEO  WATSON EGYPTIAN REVIVAL TURQUOISE LAPIS TIGERS EYE SCARAB NECKLACE
ROMEO WATSON EGYPTIAN REVIVAL TURQUOISE LAPIS TIGERS EYE SCARAB NECKLACE
$100.00
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ROMEO  WATSON  GENUINE LAPIS VINTAGE BRASS SCARAB  BEE REVIVAL NECKLACE
ROMEO WATSON GENUINE LAPIS VINTAGE BRASS SCARAB BEE REVIVAL NECKLACE
$100.00
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Breathtaking Antique Egyptian Faience Pharaoh Mummies 4 Scarab Bracelet
Breathtaking Antique Egyptian Faience Pharaoh Mummies 4 Scarab Bracelet
$225.99
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SCARAB TIE TACKS SWEATER GUARDS CARDIGAN GUARDS COLLAR CLIPS CONVERTIBLE PIN
SCARAB TIE TACKS SWEATER GUARDS CARDIGAN GUARDS COLLAR CLIPS CONVERTIBLE PIN
$19.60
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SILVER Large Scarab BEETLE Wings Silver Ox Brass Stampings Finding C 406
SILVER Large Scarab BEETLE Wings Silver Ox Brass Stampings Finding C 406
$4.02
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VICTORIAN GENUINE TRIPLE SCARAB BEETLE STERLING SILVER NECKLACE 47CM
VICTORIAN GENUINE TRIPLE SCARAB BEETLE STERLING SILVER NECKLACE 47CM
$101.62
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VICTORIAN GENUINE TWIN SCARAB BEETLE STERLING SILVER NECKLACE 42CM
VICTORIAN GENUINE TWIN SCARAB BEETLE STERLING SILVER NECKLACE 42CM
$70.35
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VICTORIAN GENUINE SCARAB BEETLE PINCHBECK NECKLACE
VICTORIAN GENUINE SCARAB BEETLE PINCHBECK NECKLACE
$39.07
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SCARAB bracelet costume 7 1 2 inches gold filled BURT CASSELL
SCARAB bracelet costume 7 1 2 inches gold filled BURT CASSELL
$45.00
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VTG WRE GOLD FILLED CHRYSOPRASE SCARAB TURTLE PIN
VTG WRE GOLD FILLED CHRYSOPRASE SCARAB TURTLE PIN
$75.00
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VINTAGE 1950 60S BURT CASSELL 12K GOLD FILLED GENUINE SCARAB PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE 1950 60S BURT CASSELL 12K GOLD FILLED GENUINE SCARAB PIN BROOCH
$32.95
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VTG ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL ARTS  CRAFTS ART GLASS SCARAB PIN
VTG ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL ARTS CRAFTS ART GLASS SCARAB PIN
$167.50
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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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