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 SIGNED WE RICHARDS GF W ROSE COLORED SCARABS SCREW BACK EARRINGS
VINTAGE SIGNED WE RICHARDS GF W ROSE COLORED SCARABS SCREW BACK EARRINGS
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17 Piece Vtg Jewelry Lot Necklace Earing Brooch Pin Scarab Abalone Artist Pallet
17 Piece Vtg Jewelry Lot Necklace Earing Brooch Pin Scarab Abalone Artist Pallet
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VINTAGE GOLDTONE TOGGLE CHARM BRACELET SCARAB SKELETON KEY PURSE HORSE CHESS
VINTAGE GOLDTONE TOGGLE CHARM BRACELET SCARAB SKELETON KEY PURSE HORSE CHESS
$24.99
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Vintage Art Glass Scarab Cabochon Bracelet
Vintage Art Glass Scarab Cabochon Bracelet
$14.99
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ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB BEETLE PIN
ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB BEETLE PIN
$129.00
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VTG KREMENTZ GOLD FILLED UNAKITE SCARAB TURTLE PIN
VTG KREMENTZ GOLD FILLED UNAKITE SCARAB TURTLE PIN
$29.95
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Vintage Pin Coro Carved Aventurine Jade Scarab  Pearl Victorian Revival Tassel
Vintage Pin Coro Carved Aventurine Jade Scarab Pearl Victorian Revival Tassel
$20.00
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Lot of 2 Vintage Rhinestone Hart  Scarab Beatle Pins A
Lot of 2 Vintage Rhinestone Hart Scarab Beatle Pins A
$12.00
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VINTAGE14K YELLOW GOLDCARVED ROCK STONE SCARAB BEETLE PENDANTREBIRTH AMULET
VINTAGE14K YELLOW GOLDCARVED ROCK STONE SCARAB BEETLE PENDANTREBIRTH AMULET
$399.00
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Vintage Carved Stone Scarab Like Link Bracelet w Gold Toned Links
Vintage Carved Stone Scarab Like Link Bracelet w Gold Toned Links
$19.95
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Signed KIM Craftsmen Egyptian Scarab Ladies Ring 1960S
Signed KIM Craftsmen Egyptian Scarab Ladies Ring 1960S
$0.99 (2 Bids)
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Retro VTG Butterfly Pin Brooch Lot DEC Gold Filled Scarab Stone Weiss AS IS
Retro VTG Butterfly Pin Brooch Lot DEC Gold Filled Scarab Stone Weiss AS IS
$2.95 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Large Silvertone Lucite Scarab Brooch Pin
Vintage Large Silvertone Lucite Scarab Brooch Pin
$75.00
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Egyptian Revival Art Deco Micro Mosaic Scarab Beetle Pin Italy
Egyptian Revival Art Deco Micro Mosaic Scarab Beetle Pin Italy
$111.87
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Vintage Natural Stone Scarab Bracelet Gold Tone Costume Jewelry Onyx Tigers Eye
Vintage Natural Stone Scarab Bracelet Gold Tone Costume Jewelry Onyx Tigers Eye
$6.22 (12 Bids)
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RARE ANTIQUE RED TIFFANY FAVRILE ART GLASS SCARAB STERLING SILVER BRACELET CUFF
RARE ANTIQUE RED TIFFANY FAVRILE ART GLASS SCARAB STERLING SILVER BRACELET CUFF
$1,150.00
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Egyptian Revival Molded Glass Scarab Bracelet Sterling Silver Art Deco Era 315EG
Egyptian Revival Molded Glass Scarab Bracelet Sterling Silver Art Deco Era 315EG
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Vintage green scarab gold tone bracelet 2449
Vintage green scarab gold tone bracelet 2449
$5.00
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Vintage 14KT Gold Scarab Bracelet 4522 Gold 10
Vintage 14KT Gold Scarab Bracelet 4522 Gold 10
$350.00
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Vintage 1950s Art Glass Egyptian Revival Scarab Brooch 730E
Vintage 1950s Art Glass Egyptian Revival Scarab Brooch 730E
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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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