Victorian Gold-Filled & Scarab Beetle Egyptian Revival Earrings
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.
An outstanding pair of scarab earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These fabulous Egyptian Revival earrings are comprised of gold-filled settings and real scarab beetles, which were once alive and have now been incorporated into the artistic design. Each earring begins with a decorative gold-filled topper attached to simple earring wire. Hanging below is a dramatic design comprised of an ornate gold-filled setting that holds a single scarab beetle in the center. Delicate gold-filled wirework rests below the bugs, depicting their legs and antennae. The scarab beetles have phenomenal coloring, with iridescent hues of intense green, brown, gold and black. Both elaborate and artistic, these incredible earrings are a beautiful example of jewelry from the Egyptian Revival period. They would make a unique and very special addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 2 7/8" long, is 3/4" at its widest point and a little more than 1/4” at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold-filled setting and earring wires, or to the scarab bugs, which are both intact.