Egyptian Scarab Beetle Jewelry

September 12, 2010 | By | Reply More

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 CRESCENT SHAPE 12K GOLD FILLED GF SEMI PRECIOUS STONE SCARAB PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE CRESCENT SHAPE 12K GOLD FILLED GF SEMI PRECIOUS STONE SCARAB PIN BROOCH
$17.09
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Vintage LARGE Stones Semi Precious Scarab Bracelet 1 20 12K GF X tra Nice Must C
Vintage LARGE Stones Semi Precious Scarab Bracelet 1 20 12K GF X tra Nice Must C
$44.99
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Vintage Burt Cassell Scarab Bracelet 1 20 12kt GF
Vintage Burt Cassell Scarab Bracelet 1 20 12kt GF
$39.99
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locket brass with PINK vintage glass scarab Egyptian revival era necklace
locket brass with PINK vintage glass scarab Egyptian revival era necklace
$16.01
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Victorian Egyptian Revival Brass Scarab Beetle Pin
Victorian Egyptian Revival Brass Scarab Beetle Pin
$340.00
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Lot of 5 VintageScrew Back Earrings Cameo Scarab
Lot of 5 VintageScrew Back Earrings Cameo Scarab
$54.99
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VINTAGE GENUINE STONE SCARAB GOLD FILLED BRACELET
VINTAGE GENUINE STONE SCARAB GOLD FILLED BRACELET
$14.50
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Art Nouveau Egyptian revival Scarab Sterling Silver 30g Ring
Art Nouveau Egyptian revival Scarab Sterling Silver 30g Ring
$113.27
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1920s Egyptian earrings vintage style Art Deco turquoise gold long drop scarab
1920s Egyptian earrings vintage style Art Deco turquoise gold long drop scarab
$34.07
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VINTAGE SCARAB BRACELET WHITE MOLDED GLASS IN GOLDTONE
VINTAGE SCARAB BRACELET WHITE MOLDED GLASS IN GOLDTONE
$13.29
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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
$21.24
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VINTAGE CARVED GENUINE STONE SCARAB 12K GOLD FILLED CIRCLE PIN FREE SHIPPING
VINTAGE CARVED GENUINE STONE SCARAB 12K GOLD FILLED CIRCLE PIN FREE SHIPPING
$9.99
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INTRIGUING c1910 1930 14k GOLD  NEPHRITE JADE SCARAB STICK PIN
INTRIGUING c1910 1930 14k GOLD NEPHRITE JADE SCARAB STICK PIN
$180.00
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FABULOUS RARE ESTATE EGYPTIAN SCARAB PENDANT
FABULOUS RARE ESTATE EGYPTIAN SCARAB PENDANT
$0.99
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Vintage Bee Jelly Belly Tac Pin With Carved Amber Glass Scarab
Vintage Bee Jelly Belly Tac Pin With Carved Amber Glass Scarab
$13.95
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Vintage Winard 12 KT Gold Filled Cabochon Carved Scarab  Real Pearl 7 Bracelet
Vintage Winard 12 KT Gold Filled Cabochon Carved Scarab Real Pearl 7 Bracelet
$49.99
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GORGEOUS c1920s 1950s MULTI GEMSTONE SCARAB BEETLE BRACELET
GORGEOUS c1920s 1950s MULTI GEMSTONE SCARAB BEETLE BRACELET
$432.00
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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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NICE VINTAGE SILVER TURQUOISE SCARAB BRACELET WITH SAFETY CHAIN 8 INCHES
NICE VINTAGE SILVER TURQUOISE SCARAB BRACELET WITH SAFETY CHAIN 8 INCHES
$4.50 (2 Bids)
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Vintage Large Silvertone Lucite Scarab Brooch Pin
Vintage Large Silvertone Lucite Scarab Brooch Pin
$60.00
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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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