During the 19th century the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as “archaeological revival jewelry”. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820's and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery such as the scarab beetle.
A fabulous Egyptian faience scarab ring from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This stunning piece is made of vibrant 21kt yellow gold and displays a fantastic faience scarab beetle. The scarab is most likely much older than the setting but wasn't incorporated into the ring until the Deco era. The faience has wonderful hand carved details and stunning mossy green color. A gold pin spears the scarab and fastens it to the gold frame and the gorgeous mounting has a lovely geometric enameled design accenting the beetle on each shoulder of the ring. The vibrant blue, red and green hues of the enameling compliment the scarab beetle perfectly. The underside of the scarab reveals a fantastic carving and the band is stamped with 3 Arabic hallmarks that are of Egyptian origin. This wonderful and rare piece would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6.25 but it could easily be resized. The scarab beetle measures approximately 5/8" tall, 3/8" wide, and has a depth of 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the enameling. There is a very minor chip at the nose of the scarab beetle however this is hardly noticeable when the ring is worn and doesn't take away from the beauty of the piece.