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 SIGNED KL 12K GF SCARAB GEMSTONE PIN BROOCH CHARLES ROTHMAN CO
VINTAGE SIGNED KL 12K GF SCARAB GEMSTONE PIN BROOCH CHARLES ROTHMAN CO
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Vintage Jewelry Lot Necklaces Bracelets Scarab Beetle Genuine Stones ss773
Vintage Jewelry Lot Necklaces Bracelets Scarab Beetle Genuine Stones ss773
$16.50 (6 Bids)
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ANTIQUE OLD EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB STERLING SILVER EARRINGS NAVAJO SETTING FAB
ANTIQUE OLD EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB STERLING SILVER EARRINGS NAVAJO SETTING FAB
$29.99
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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 Lot of 4 Gold Filled Semi Precious Stone Scarab Bracelets
Vintage Lot of 4 Gold Filled Semi Precious Stone Scarab Bracelets
$69.99
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Estate FindVintage Jewel of the Nile Scarab Necklace Franklin Mint
Estate FindVintage Jewel of the Nile Scarab Necklace Franklin Mint
$41.00 (12 Bids)
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GF Scarab Bracelet w bloodstone onyx carnelian chrosoprase tiger eye etc
GF Scarab Bracelet w bloodstone onyx carnelian chrosoprase tiger eye etc
$49.50
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RARE ANTIQUE HEDY HILL TORONTO SILVER BROOCH W SCARAB
RARE ANTIQUE HEDY HILL TORONTO SILVER BROOCH W SCARAB
$15.00
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Vintage Scarab Bracelet w Stones
Vintage Scarab Bracelet w Stones
$14.95
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Lot Of 4 Vintage Scarab Bracelets 8 Inches
Lot Of 4 Vintage Scarab Bracelets 8 Inches
$19.37 (11 Bids)
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14KT YELLOW GOLD RHODOCHROSITE CABOCHON SCARAB BEETLE LEVERBACK DANGLE EARRINGS
14KT YELLOW GOLD RHODOCHROSITE CABOCHON SCARAB BEETLE LEVERBACK DANGLE EARRINGS
$63.00 (14 Bids)
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Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Carved Onyx  Pink Quartz Scarab Pierced Dangle Earrings
Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Carved Onyx Pink Quartz Scarab Pierced Dangle Earrings
$79.00 (1 Bid)
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SCARAB Imitation Turquoise Blue Ceramic Cabochon NECKLACE Vintage Silvertone
SCARAB Imitation Turquoise Blue Ceramic Cabochon NECKLACE Vintage Silvertone
$12.99
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ART DECO WINGED SCARAB BROOCH  EARRINGS MARBLED BAKELITE W CRYSTAL NUMBERED
ART DECO WINGED SCARAB BROOCH EARRINGS MARBLED BAKELITE W CRYSTAL NUMBERED
$49.99
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Gemstone or Glass Scarab Goldtone Bracelet 6 1 2 Long
Gemstone or Glass Scarab Goldtone Bracelet 6 1 2 Long
$9.95
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1940s Estate Seed Pearl Rhinestone Ladybug Scarab Beetle Mini Pins Set of 3
1940s Estate Seed Pearl Rhinestone Ladybug Scarab Beetle Mini Pins Set of 3
$19.99
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Two Vintage Glass Scarab Bracelets in White and Colors
Two Vintage Glass Scarab Bracelets in White and Colors
$1.25 (2 Bids)
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Vintage 1 20 12K Gold Filled Bal Ron Carved Scarab Beetle Brooch Gemstones
Vintage 1 20 12K Gold Filled Bal Ron Carved Scarab Beetle Brooch Gemstones
$5.99
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Vintage Natural Stone Scarab Bracelet Unusual Carved Long Oblong Beatles
Vintage Natural Stone Scarab Bracelet Unusual Carved Long Oblong Beatles
$25.20
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Vtg Art Deco Sterling Silver Necklace Sodalite Scarab Egyptian Revival Unique
Vtg Art Deco Sterling Silver Necklace Sodalite Scarab Egyptian Revival Unique
$225.00
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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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