Victorian 9kt Egyptian Revival Faience Scarab Beetle Earrings
During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and introduced 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. Some pieces were crafted using a material known as Egyptian "faience", which is the oldest form of non-clay glazed ceramic, and is often found in a range of blue and green colors.
A pair of gorgeous Egyptian Revival faience earrings from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! These fantastic earrings are crafted in 9kt yellow gold and each display a beautiful faience scarab beetle below a decorative surmount. The faience has wonderful hand carved details and a stunning pale turquoise color with light beige "marbling" throughout. A smooth gold bezel frames the scarab, and resting at the top are two fanned lotus flowers framing an oval center, all embellished with delicate etching. Stamped along the back of the subtly domed surmount are two "9KT" gold purity marks, and a simple earring wire is attached at the top. The earrings dangle with lovely movement and frame the face beautifully, perfect for everyday wear! These wonderful and unique earrings would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 1 3/8" long, measures about 1/2" wide, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting or to the faience scarabs. There appears to be a very minor chip along the underside of one of the beetles, however, it could be naturally occurring and is not visible when the earrings are worn. There are two small holes drilled at either end of the scarab, to secure it firmly in place. The earring wires are secure and in good working order.