During the 19th century, the discoveries of ancient archaeological finds influenced and brought on what is referred to as “archaeological revival jewelry”. The initial Egyptian Revival period flourished from the 1820's and was inspired by ancient Egyptian imagery such as the scarab beetle.
A stunning and unique pair of scarab earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! These fabulous Egyptian Revival earrings are crafted in sterling silver and feature genuine scarab beetles to form a fantastic dangling design. Each side dangles a round plaque adorned with a single scarab beetle at the center, which rests in a lovely clawed setting. Two sterling bars connect the plaque to the topper, which is embellished by an additional beetle, and the design allows the earrings to swing with lovely movement. The incredible beetles display phenomenal coloring, exhibiting iridescent hues of intense green, brown, gold and black along with a wonderful and dotted texture. Each topper hangs from a simple clasped wire, and stamped on the back is a "STERLING" silver purity mark. Both beautiful and artistic, these wonderful earrings frame the face beautifully and are a fantastic example of jewelry from the Egyptian Revival period!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 2 5/8" long (including the wire at the top), measures about 3/4" wide, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting. The earring wires are secure and in good working order. The scarab beetles are intact and securely set.