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.

Vintage 12K GF Semi Precious Stones Scarab Pin Brooch  Matching Screw Earrings
Vintage 12K GF Semi Precious Stones Scarab Pin Brooch Matching Screw Earrings
$39.00
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Vintage Egyptian Sterling Silver Pendant Scarab Pharaoh Estate Jewelry
Vintage Egyptian Sterling Silver Pendant Scarab Pharaoh Estate Jewelry
$16.00
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Vintage Pendant Lot Gold Tone Scarab  Silver Tone Scorpion
Vintage Pendant Lot Gold Tone Scarab Silver Tone Scorpion
$10.00
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Vintage Filigree Scarab Beetle Pendant Runway Necklace Jewelry xx174
Vintage Filigree Scarab Beetle Pendant Runway Necklace Jewelry xx174
$23.99
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Vintage Silver Cuff Bracelet Green Stone Scarab Flower
Vintage Silver Cuff Bracelet Green Stone Scarab Flower
$49.99
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Lg Vintage Gold Stone Egyptian Scarab Scorpian Beetle Pin Brooch
Lg Vintage Gold Stone Egyptian Scarab Scorpian Beetle Pin Brooch
$9.00
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Very Rare Scarab Earrings Gold with Blue Green and Orange Turquoise colored stn
Very Rare Scarab Earrings Gold with Blue Green and Orange Turquoise colored stn
$500.00
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Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Multi Color Onyx Scarab Band Ring Size 6
Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Multi Color Onyx Scarab Band Ring Size 6
$235.00
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Vintage ID Bracelet Scarab 6 1 2 Small Size Children Sized Initialed Barbara
Vintage ID Bracelet Scarab 6 1 2 Small Size Children Sized Initialed Barbara
$12.00
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STUNNING VINTAGE ESTATE SIGNED EMMONS SCARAB 1 3 4 17 NECKLACE 5436B
STUNNING VINTAGE ESTATE SIGNED EMMONS SCARAB 1 3 4 17 NECKLACE 5436B
$3.00 (6 Bids)
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A RETRO VINTAGE BROOCH ROUND GOLD PIN 7 MULTI COLOR SCARAB BEETLE STONES CIRCLE
A RETRO VINTAGE BROOCH ROUND GOLD PIN 7 MULTI COLOR SCARAB BEETLE STONES CIRCLE
$9.98
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Vintage Gold Filled Pearl  Scarab Link Bracelet Nice
Vintage Gold Filled Pearl Scarab Link Bracelet Nice
$32.00
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Retro Late Art Deco 1940 8 Scarab Multi Color 14k Yellow Gold Bracelet
Retro Late Art Deco 1940 8 Scarab Multi Color 14k Yellow Gold Bracelet
$1,780.00
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VINTAGE FIGURAL OWL GOLD FILLED WRE RICHARDS TIGER EYE SCARAB BODY BROOCH PIN
VINTAGE FIGURAL OWL GOLD FILLED WRE RICHARDS TIGER EYE SCARAB BODY BROOCH PIN
$29.99
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Vintage Gold Tone Ribbon Scarab Brooch M1
Vintage Gold Tone Ribbon Scarab Brooch M1
$6.99
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VTG 1940S PAIR OF WRE BRAND STONE SCARAB SHORT BAR PINS CARNELIAN CHRYSOPRASE +
VTG 1940S PAIR OF WRE BRAND STONE SCARAB SHORT BAR PINS CARNELIAN CHRYSOPRASE +
$45.00
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Vintage German Classic Scarab Bracelet  Six Double Sided Stones
Vintage German Classic Scarab Bracelet Six Double Sided Stones
$11.99
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Vintage 100 genuine Jade  quartz Bracelet Scarab design Gold filled 1978 Egypt
Vintage 100 genuine Jade quartz Bracelet Scarab design Gold filled 1978 Egypt
$20.01 (2 Bids)
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RARE MONET MIXED METAL EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB COLLAR NECKLACE CLIP EARRINGS SET
RARE MONET MIXED METAL EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB COLLAR NECKLACE CLIP EARRINGS SET
$139.95
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VINTAGE VAN DELL GOLD FILL GENUINE STONE SCARAB TWO ROW BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN
VINTAGE VAN DELL GOLD FILL GENUINE STONE SCARAB TWO ROW BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN
$89.99
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Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry
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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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