Vintage 12kt Egyptian Faience Scarab Beetle Ring
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.
This fantastic vintage faience ring is an Egyptian made piece from the 1970s! The ring is crafted in 12kt yellow gold and displays a fantastic faience scarab beetle at the center. The faience has wonderful hand carved details and a stunning pale turquoise color with light beige patches throughout. A gold bezel frames the scarab at the center of a textured gold border. The decorative mounting has fanned shoulders, which are engraved with a lovely lotus flower motif. Engraved on the underside of the faience scarab are several Egyptian hieroglyphic symbols, including the "ankh" which is known as the "breath of life" or "key of the Nile," and the Ibis bird, which is the iconic bird of Egypt. Stamped inside the smooth gold shank are three Egyptian hallmarks. The hallmarks include the arabic "12kt" stamp, the Ibis bird, which indicates a gold Egyptian-made piece, and an arabic date letter, which is difficult to decipher but appears to refer to 1976-77, or to 1982. Another small arabic hallmark is stamped on the underside of the setting. This wonderful and rare piece has an impressive look and would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a large finger size of 8, but could be resized up or down if desired. The scarab beetle measures approximately 7/8" tall, 5/8" wide, and has a depth of 3/8".
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 faience scarab, which is intact and free of any noticeable chips or scratches. There are two small holes drilled at either end of the scarab, where the gold prongs grip the scarab firmly in place.