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.

Vintage Egyptian Revival CC Uncas Carved Gem Stone Scarab Gold Filled Bracelet
Vintage Egyptian Revival CC Uncas Carved Gem Stone Scarab Gold Filled Bracelet
$250.00
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VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70813 GOLD FILLED OR PLATED SCARAB 800
VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70813 GOLD FILLED OR PLATED SCARAB 800
$8.00
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VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70814 GOLD FILLED OR PLATED SCARAB 800
VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70814 GOLD FILLED OR PLATED SCARAB 800
$8.00
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VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70817 GOLD FILLED OR GOLD PLATED SCARAB 8
VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70817 GOLD FILLED OR GOLD PLATED SCARAB 8
$8.00
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VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70818 GOLD FILLED OR GOLD PLATED SCARAB 8
VINTAGE NON STERLING BRACELET CHARM 70818 GOLD FILLED OR GOLD PLATED SCARAB 8
$8.00
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED SCARAB MULTI STONE BRACELET
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED SCARAB MULTI STONE BRACELET
$35.00
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Vintage Scarab Bracelet
Vintage Scarab Bracelet
$15.00
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VINTAGE RED AGATE TIGERS EYE CARNELIAN ENAMEL SCARAB PIN BROOCH
VINTAGE RED AGATE TIGERS EYE CARNELIAN ENAMEL SCARAB PIN BROOCH
$59.99
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VINTAGE AMCO GF GREEN AGATE SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS NICE
VINTAGE AMCO GF GREEN AGATE SCARAB SCREW BACK EARRINGS NICE
$59.99
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Vintage Multi Stone SCARAB Carved Gemstones Brooch Pin Gold Tone Prong Set
Vintage Multi Stone SCARAB Carved Gemstones Brooch Pin Gold Tone Prong Set
$20.00
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Vintage AFRICAN TRADE BEADED NECKLACE BLACK SCARAB BEADS OTHER AMAZING BEADS
Vintage AFRICAN TRADE BEADED NECKLACE BLACK SCARAB BEADS OTHER AMAZING BEADS
$29.99
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VINTAGE Amco 12K Gold Filled Blue Stone Scarab Earrings Screw Back
VINTAGE Amco 12K Gold Filled Blue Stone Scarab Earrings Screw Back
$19.99
Time Remaining: 8h
VINTAGE ART DECO EGYPTIAN SILVER FAIENCE BLUE SCARAB BRACELET
VINTAGE ART DECO EGYPTIAN SILVER FAIENCE BLUE SCARAB BRACELET
$45.36
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Egyptian Revival Navy  Cream Plastic Scarab Beetle Necklace Earrings Set
Egyptian Revival Navy Cream Plastic Scarab Beetle Necklace Earrings Set
$115.00
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VINTAGE GOLD FILLED BLUE CALCEDONY SCARAB SWAN PIN
VINTAGE GOLD FILLED BLUE CALCEDONY SCARAB SWAN PIN
$45.00
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Vintage Gold Filled Carved Scarab Clover Glass Cabochon Screw Back Earrings
Vintage Gold Filled Carved Scarab Clover Glass Cabochon Screw Back Earrings
$15.00
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VINTAGE GOLD PLATED SORRENTO ITALY SCARAB TIGERS EYE AGATE ETC BRACELET
VINTAGE GOLD PLATED SORRENTO ITALY SCARAB TIGERS EYE AGATE ETC BRACELET
$29.58
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Rare Vintage Gold Tone Bracelet Color Cabochon Stones Scarab Signed REINAD
Rare Vintage Gold Tone Bracelet Color Cabochon Stones Scarab Signed REINAD
$39.99
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Lot of 5 Egyptian Style Scarab Bead  Leather Cord Bracelets + Stone 1 Needs Fix
Lot of 5 Egyptian Style Scarab Bead Leather Cord Bracelets + Stone 1 Needs Fix
$36.00
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Barry Kieselstein Cord Amethyst 18K Yellow Gold Scarab Clip On Earrings
Barry Kieselstein Cord Amethyst 18K Yellow Gold Scarab Clip On Earrings
$4,500.00
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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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