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.

Egyptian Revival Carved Soapstone Alabaster Scarab Necklace Vintage Handmade
Egyptian Revival Carved Soapstone Alabaster Scarab Necklace Vintage Handmade
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Scarab Set Necklace Bracelet Vintage Brass  Glass Egyptian Revival
Scarab Set Necklace Bracelet Vintage Brass Glass Egyptian Revival
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EGYPTIAN SCARAB EARRINGS EARRINGS DANGLE EARRINGS STERLING SILVER PLATE
EGYPTIAN SCARAB EARRINGS EARRINGS DANGLE EARRINGS STERLING SILVER PLATE
$20.98
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Vintage Egyptian Carved SCARAB Gold Fill Screw Back 12K Gold Fill Earrings A
Vintage Egyptian Carved SCARAB Gold Fill Screw Back 12K Gold Fill Earrings A
$38.50
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Vintage Celebrity Scarab Circle Pin Brooch  Matching Clip Earrings
Vintage Celebrity Scarab Circle Pin Brooch Matching Clip Earrings
$16.00
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VINTAGE ESTATE JEWELRY BRACELET LOT STONE SCARAB RHINESTONE BLUE FAUX PEARL ARK
VINTAGE ESTATE JEWELRY BRACELET LOT STONE SCARAB RHINESTONE BLUE FAUX PEARL ARK
$9.50 (4 Bids)
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Vintage Egyptian Revival Scarab Dangle Drop Clip On Earrings WOW
Vintage Egyptian Revival Scarab Dangle Drop Clip On Earrings WOW
$2.24 (2 Bids)
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ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB Tortoise BEETLE PINs 2
ANTIQUE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB Tortoise BEETLE PINs 2
$300.00
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Vintage Scarab Interchangeable Necklace earrings Set
Vintage Scarab Interchangeable Necklace earrings Set
$24.50
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VINTAGE BAL RON 12K GF MULTI STONE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE BAL RON 12K GF MULTI STONE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL SCARAB PIN BROOCH
$14.95
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COOL Vintage 70s 80s Blue Eqyptian Revival Scarab Necklace 326J5
COOL Vintage 70s 80s Blue Eqyptian Revival Scarab Necklace 326J5
$23.99
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Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Lapis Carnelian Gemstone Bracelet
Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Lapis Carnelian Gemstone Bracelet
$289.99
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Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Peking Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet
Vintage Revival Egyptian Scarab Peking Glass Sterling Silver Bracelet
$289.99
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EGYPTIAN REVIVAL STYLE WINGED SCARAB EARRINGS ANTIQUE BRASS TURQUOISE BEAD LEVER
EGYPTIAN REVIVAL STYLE WINGED SCARAB EARRINGS ANTIQUE BRASS TURQUOISE BEAD LEVER
$15.99
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Estate 50s 60s Ster Gold Vermeil SCARAB BRACELET glass beads flip clasp NICE
Estate 50s 60s Ster Gold Vermeil SCARAB BRACELET glass beads flip clasp NICE
$39.99
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Vintage Retro ZODIAC CANCER Crab SCARAB PIN 1 20 12K GF sgnd WRE
Vintage Retro ZODIAC CANCER Crab SCARAB PIN 1 20 12K GF sgnd WRE
$2.54 (3 Bids)
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Vintage 1928 Jewelry SCARAB LINK BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN 7 foldover clasp
Vintage 1928 Jewelry SCARAB LINK BRACELET W SAFETY CHAIN 7 foldover clasp
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Art Deco Sterling Silver 14k Gold Egyptian Revival Glass Scarab Link Bracelet 6
Art Deco Sterling Silver 14k Gold Egyptian Revival Glass Scarab Link Bracelet 6
$10.50 (10 Bids)
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Vintage 1960s Genuine Lapis Agate Onyx Tigers Eye Carved Scarab Brooch 2012s
Vintage 1960s Genuine Lapis Agate Onyx Tigers Eye Carved Scarab Brooch 2012s
$19.99
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SCARAB pierced earrings Estate Purchase nice weight great design Egypt beetle
SCARAB pierced earrings Estate Purchase nice weight great design Egypt beetle
$14.99
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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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