Art Deco 14kt Egyptian Revival Enameled Carved Carnelian Scarab Earrings
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or "Egyptian revival jewelry." The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s onward, and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
An absolutely fabulous pair of Egyptian Revival scarab earrings from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! These stunning earrings are crafted in 14kt yellow gold and feature fantastic carnelian scarab beetles amidst a vibrant enameled frame. The carnelian stones have wonderful hand-carved details and display rich burnt orange color and a lovely translucent quality. The stones are bezel set with an open back, allowing the underside to reveal several carved symbols that resemble hieroglyphics when turned over. The enameled frames, which encircle the carnelian beetles, are diamond-shaped and have a vibrant navy and robin's egg blue enameled pattern covering the entire surface. The scarabs swing freely through the center, creating lovely movement, and the entire earrings hang from round toppers which attach to gold earring wires. The enameled surmounts display a complimentary design, incorporating the multiple shades of blue as well as an iridescent ruby red. These wonderful and unusual earrings look exquisite when worn and would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 3/4" long, are 3/4" at the widest point and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the carved carnelian scarabs and the enameling is in near pristine condition, with no visible chips or scratches.