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Vintage Iridescent Green Glass Scarab Pendant Necklace

  • $ 2950

I combined two vintage green glass scarab cabochons back to back to make a double sided 3D pendant. I wrapped them with square silver and copper wire and added a silver filled chain. The scarab beetles are Bohemian Czech glass, probably from the 1930s and are a vivid iridescent green. The wings are faceted for extra sparkle. They measure approximately 15x12mm.

There have been several Egyptian Revival periods in the past 300 years. The expeditions that eventually led to the discovery in 1922 of the treasure of Tutankhamun's tomb by the archaeologist Howard Carter resulted in a 20th-century revival. The revival during the 1920s is considered to be part of the Art Deco decorative arts style. Glass and stone scarab beetles were used in jewelry designs, including rings, necklaces, brooches and stickpins.

The Egyptians regarded the scarab as sacred because it signified new life. The scarab beetle was a symbol of Khepera, the rising sun god. The beetle moves from east to west which mimics the path of the divine god Ra as he rolls across the sky each day. For this reason, the scarab was also seen as a symbol of the heavenly cycle of rebirth and regeneration.

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