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.

VTG EGYPTIAN FAIENCE SCARAB STERLING SILVER PENDANT FOR A NECKALCE
VTG EGYPTIAN FAIENCE SCARAB STERLING SILVER PENDANT FOR A NECKALCE
$50.00
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Ronci Genuine carved Scarab Gem Stones 12 kt gold filled screw back earrings
Ronci Genuine carved Scarab Gem Stones 12 kt gold filled screw back earrings
$24.99
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VTG EGYPTIAN LIGHT GREEN JADE SCARAB STERLING SILVER NECKALCE
VTG EGYPTIAN LIGHT GREEN JADE SCARAB STERLING SILVER NECKALCE
$75.00
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BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE 9ct GOLD EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB INSECT BUG BEETLE BROOCH PIN
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE 9ct GOLD EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB INSECT BUG BEETLE BROOCH PIN
$241.95
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BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE 9ct GOLD EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB INSECT BUG BEETLE BROOCH PIN
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE 9ct GOLD EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB INSECT BUG BEETLE BROOCH PIN
$282.28
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VTG BEAU STERLING SILVER TIGERS EYE SCARAB RING ADJUSTABLE SIZE 5 AS SHOWN
VTG BEAU STERLING SILVER TIGERS EYE SCARAB RING ADJUSTABLE SIZE 5 AS SHOWN
$68.50
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VTG ESPO STERLING SILVER CARNELIAN SCARAB RING SIZE 825
VTG ESPO STERLING SILVER CARNELIAN SCARAB RING SIZE 825
$97.50
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Gold Filled Floral Pin Brooch w Stone Scarabs Inset
Vintage Egyptian Revival Gold Filled Floral Pin Brooch w Stone Scarabs Inset
$75.00
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vtg Sterling Silver SCARAB Brooch Semi Precious STONE Carnelian new old stock
vtg Sterling Silver SCARAB Brooch Semi Precious STONE Carnelian new old stock
$14.00
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VINTAGE SIGNED SCARAB EARRINGS 12K
VINTAGE SIGNED SCARAB EARRINGS 12K
$45.00
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Vintage Chinese Carved Hardstone Scarab Pin Lapis Jade Moonstone Silver
Vintage Chinese Carved Hardstone Scarab Pin Lapis Jade Moonstone Silver
$70.00
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RARE ANTIQUE 1920S EGYPTIAN REVIVAL BLUE SCARAB BRACELET 8 3 4 INCH LENGTH
RARE ANTIQUE 1920S EGYPTIAN REVIVAL BLUE SCARAB BRACELET 8 3 4 INCH LENGTH
$233.75
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Antique Sterling Silver Scarab Egyptian Necklace and Bracelet Set Exquisite
Antique Sterling Silver Scarab Egyptian Necklace and Bracelet Set Exquisite
$225.00
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Glass Scarab Bracelet
Vintage Egyptian Revival Glass Scarab Bracelet
$10.50 (2 Bids)
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Beautiful Vintage Gold Plated Fill  Carved Scarab Gemstone Double Link Bracelet
Beautiful Vintage Gold Plated Fill Carved Scarab Gemstone Double Link Bracelet
$19.99
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27PC VINTAGE BRACELET LOT RHINESTONE SCARAB CHARM TENNIS MONET DAUPLAISE AVON SP
27PC VINTAGE BRACELET LOT RHINESTONE SCARAB CHARM TENNIS MONET DAUPLAISE AVON SP
$36.00
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VTG STERLING SILVER TIGERS EYE CARNELIAN SCARAB PIERCED EARRINGS
VTG STERLING SILVER TIGERS EYE CARNELIAN SCARAB PIERCED EARRINGS
$97.50
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Gold Gilded Ormolu Scarab Earrings
Vintage Egyptian Revival Gold Gilded Ormolu Scarab Earrings
$12.95 (1 Bid)
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Vintage 1940s Multi Gemstone 5 SCARAB  Faux PEARL Link BRACELET 725
Vintage 1940s Multi Gemstone 5 SCARAB Faux PEARL Link BRACELET 725
$9.99
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VINTAGE GF SCARAB SWIRL PIN WITH ORIGINAL BOX GREEN AGATE TIGERS EYE CARNELIAN
VINTAGE GF SCARAB SWIRL PIN WITH ORIGINAL BOX GREEN AGATE TIGERS EYE CARNELIAN
$53.99
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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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