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.

scarab ring
scarab ring
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STUNNING ART NOUVEAU CHARLES HORNER SILVER ENAMEL WINGED SCARAB BUG BROOCH PIN
STUNNING ART NOUVEAU CHARLES HORNER SILVER ENAMEL WINGED SCARAB BUG BROOCH PIN
$215.00
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SILVER 2 Pieces Large Egyptian Round Winged SCARAB Beetle Stamping C 401
SILVER 2 Pieces Large Egyptian Round Winged SCARAB Beetle Stamping C 401
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ANTIQUE BRASS 2 Pieces Large Round Winged SCARAB Beetle Stamping C 401
ANTIQUE BRASS 2 Pieces Large Round Winged SCARAB Beetle Stamping C 401
$5.00
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Vintage Scarab seal from Egypt broach or pendant 14 kt gold holder
Vintage Scarab seal from Egypt broach or pendant 14 kt gold holder
$119.99
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Vintage Gold Filled Scarab Pin
Vintage Gold Filled Scarab Pin
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Vintage GF Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet Banded Agate Stone Green Black Brown 675
Vintage GF Gold Filled Scarab Bracelet Banded Agate Stone Green Black Brown 675
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Vintage Art Deco oval multicolor glass scarab Bracelet 7 1 2
Vintage Art Deco oval multicolor glass scarab Bracelet 7 1 2
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Vintage Van Dell Scarab Earrings 12K Gold Filled Screw Back Carnelian 816EGZ
Vintage Van Dell Scarab Earrings 12K Gold Filled Screw Back Carnelian 816EGZ
$18.99
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Raw Brass Scarab Stampings 2 FF2530 Jewelry Finding
Raw Brass Scarab Stampings 2 FF2530 Jewelry Finding
$3.25
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Heavy 7 BIG GEMSTONES SCARAB 12K GOLD FILLED Double Link BRACELET 7 1 4 332g
Heavy 7 BIG GEMSTONES SCARAB 12K GOLD FILLED Double Link BRACELET 7 1 4 332g
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Vintage 600 Silver Cairo Egypt Hallmarks Scarab Beetle Faience Pottery Ring Size
Vintage 600 Silver Cairo Egypt Hallmarks Scarab Beetle Faience Pottery Ring Size
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Wooden Scarab bracelet
Wooden Scarab bracelet
$25.00
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Antique Celluloid Hatpin Scarab Beetle Bug 092
Antique Celluloid Hatpin Scarab Beetle Bug 092
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Fine sterling silver Art Deco egyptian revival scarab beetle bracelet
Fine sterling silver Art Deco egyptian revival scarab beetle bracelet
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VINTAGE EGYPTIAN CARVED SCARAB MULTI GEMSTONE LINK BRACELET
VINTAGE EGYPTIAN CARVED SCARAB MULTI GEMSTONE LINK BRACELET
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Pair of Vintage Handcrafted Blue Egyptian Scarab Earrings Marked
Pair of Vintage Handcrafted Blue Egyptian Scarab Earrings Marked
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VINTAGE ART DECO EGYPTIAN REVIVAL TURQUOISE GLASS SCARABS  ROLLED GOLD NECKLACE
VINTAGE ART DECO EGYPTIAN REVIVAL TURQUOISE GLASS SCARABS ROLLED GOLD NECKLACE
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Vintage AMCO 1 20 12K Gold Filled Unikite Scarab Screw back Earrings
Vintage AMCO 1 20 12K Gold Filled Unikite Scarab Screw back Earrings
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Colorful Vintage RED GREEN BLUE SCARAB BRACELET Goldtone Metal Plastic Stones
Colorful Vintage RED GREEN BLUE SCARAB BRACELET Goldtone Metal Plastic Stones
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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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