Art Deco Egyptian Revival Silver & Multi Stone Scarab Necklace
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as "archaeological revival jewelry," or Egyptian revival jewelry. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820s and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery, such as the scarab beetle, sphinxes, pharaohs, and hieroglyphics.
A dramatic Egyptian Revival necklace from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! This unusual piece is made of silver and is comprised of 13 colorful scarab beetle links. Each link is represented by a natural stone and is hand carved with engraved wings and eyes. Included in the ensemble of stones are malachite, carnelian, amethyst, citrine, lapis, opal and a variety of agates. The colorful stones vary in size and are separated by double strands of chain that link each stone together. An ornate silver setting with an Egyptian-inspired motif surrounds six of the smaller stones. Each scarab beetle is set within an open backed bezel, allowing you to see the hieroglyphic-like carvings on the underside. Two of the links hang in the center in a lorgnette-style extension, and a spring ring clasp in the back fastens the necklace. A wonderful work of art, this scarab necklace looks marvelous when worn and would make a striking addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 29" long, and the lorgnette extension hangs 2 3/4" in the center. The links vary in size, with the largest measuring approximately 1 1/4" tall, 1" wide and 5/8" thick. The smallest scarabs within their surrounding settings measure 1" tall and wide and 1/4" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the carved multi-stone scarab links, all of which are intact. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.