Late Art Deco Sterling Multi-Agate + Faience Scarab Link Bracelet
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.
This beautiful scarab link bracelet from the late Art Deco (ca1930s) era is a wonderful example of Egyptian Revival jewelry! The lovely piece is crafted in sterling silver and comprised of 7 scarab links. Each link portrays a single scarab beetle, with an oval-shaped body and a carved surface depicting its face and wings. Five of the scarabs are carved from various colors of agate, and two are made from faience. Also known as "mummy beads", faience beads were used in Egyptian times to create manmade amulets to guide people to and through the afterlife. Delicate silver leaf accents act as prongs that contain the scarabs within their bezel settings, and the backsides of each scarab are exposed to show hieroglyph-style designs. The piece closes at a sterling push clasp that has a detailed pharaoh image on the surface. A wonderful work of art, this multi-link scarab bracelet looks marvelous when worn and would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/4" in length. The scarabs graduate in size, ranging from 11/16" by 9/16" to 1 1/8" by 13/16".
Condition: The bracelet is overall in excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting. All of the agate and faience scarabs are intact and securely set. The pharaoh push clasp is secure and in good working condition.