During the 19th century the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as “archaeological revival" or "Egyptian 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 faience scarab ring from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This stunning ring is made of vibrant 14kt 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 teal blue color. A gold pin spears the scarab and fastens it to the gold frame and the gorgeous mounting sits high above the finger and has a lovely engraved design that can be seen from the sides. The Egyptian-like design has a unique engraving with open bird wings and lovely flowers. The underside of the scarab reveals a fantastic carving and the band is stamped “14K”. The scarab and ring are particularly large in size and most likely originally worn by a man; it could easily be sized to be worn by a woman. This wonderful and rare piece would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 9.75 but it could easily be resized. The scarab beetle measures approximately 1" tall, 5/8" wide, and has a depth of 3/8". The entire ring sits about 1/2" above the finger.
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 scarab beetle.