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.

12 1 20 GOLD FILLED GF CARVED GENUINE SCARAB BRACELET DOR 7 LONG
12 1 20 GOLD FILLED GF CARVED GENUINE SCARAB BRACELET DOR 7 LONG
$29.99
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VTG Jewelry BURT CASSELL 7 Genuine Stones SCARAB 725 Bracelet 1 20 12k Gold
VTG Jewelry BURT CASSELL 7 Genuine Stones SCARAB 725 Bracelet 1 20 12k Gold
$30.00
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EGYPTIAN SCARAB CELLULOID PENDANT
EGYPTIAN SCARAB CELLULOID PENDANT
$9.99 (1 Bid)
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VINTAGE 4 LOT GOLDTONE PIN BROOCH ENAMEL FISH FLOWERS HOT AIR BALLOON SCARAB
VINTAGE 4 LOT GOLDTONE PIN BROOCH ENAMEL FISH FLOWERS HOT AIR BALLOON SCARAB
$47.20
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Vintage Genuine Scarab gold plated clip on earring Egiptian Revival
Vintage Genuine Scarab gold plated clip on earring Egiptian Revival
$9.99
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Franklin Mint Jewel of the Nile Scarab Necklace  Earring Set
Franklin Mint Jewel of the Nile Scarab Necklace Earring Set
$20.50 (7 Bids)
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Vintage 1950s 1 20 12 KT Gold Filled Signed Burt Cassell Scarab Pin
Vintage 1950s 1 20 12 KT Gold Filled Signed Burt Cassell Scarab Pin
$18.00
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Antique 14k Yellow Gold Scarab Beetle Ring Cocktail Heavy 122 grams
Antique 14k Yellow Gold Scarab Beetle Ring Cocktail Heavy 122 grams
$809.10
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ANTIQUE STERLING HUGE EGYPTIAN SCARAB BROOCH PENDANT
ANTIQUE STERLING HUGE EGYPTIAN SCARAB BROOCH PENDANT
$260.10
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VINTAGE CADORO LARGE AMBER BAKELITE SCARAB BEETLE GOLD TONE CHAIN NECKLACE
VINTAGE CADORO LARGE AMBER BAKELITE SCARAB BEETLE GOLD TONE CHAIN NECKLACE
$375.00
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Vtg Fx Gemstone Molded Glass Scarab Gold Tone Link Bracelet
Vtg Fx Gemstone Molded Glass Scarab Gold Tone Link Bracelet
$5.99
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Vintage Scarab Type Link Bracelet Chunky
Vintage Scarab Type Link Bracelet Chunky
$13.34 (2 Bids)
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Pin Multi Scarab Ronci 12k GF Vintage 15 Stones Circle Brooch 12 Kt Gold Filled
Pin Multi Scarab Ronci 12k GF Vintage 15 Stones Circle Brooch 12 Kt Gold Filled
$49.99
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Vintage Scarab Beetle Carved Bone Cuff Bracelet Bangle
Vintage Scarab Beetle Carved Bone Cuff Bracelet Bangle
$18.97
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Vintage 1950s Gold Tone Glass Scarab Link Bracelet Pretty Design Small 7
Vintage 1950s Gold Tone Glass Scarab Link Bracelet Pretty Design Small 7
$1.99 (1 Bid)
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Vintage Egyptian Silver 600 Scarab Beetle Necklace Bracelet Ring
Vintage Egyptian Silver 600 Scarab Beetle Necklace Bracelet Ring
$371.90
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Vintage 2 Winard Gold Filled Scarab Bee Brooch Pin with Pearl Eyes
Vintage 2 Winard Gold Filled Scarab Bee Brooch Pin with Pearl Eyes
$15.00
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Vintage 12K GF SCARAB BRACELET GENUINE CARVED GEMSTONE GOLD FILLED
Vintage 12K GF SCARAB BRACELET GENUINE CARVED GEMSTONE GOLD FILLED
$25.99 (1 Bid)
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Goldtone Aligator Brooch With Green  Orange Scarab Stone
Goldtone Aligator Brooch With Green Orange Scarab Stone
$24.50
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VNTG BLACK ONYX SCARAB BROOCH GOLDTONE UNSIGNED
VNTG BLACK ONYX SCARAB BROOCH GOLDTONE UNSIGNED
$15.00
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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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