Victorian Sterling Silver & Scarab Beetle Earrings
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 very unique pair of scarab earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! The fabulous Egyptian Revival earrings are made of sterling silver and real scarab beetles, which were once alive and have now been incorporated into an artistic design. Each earring begins with a simple topper formed by a single scarab bug held within a 4-prong sterling setting. Hanging below is a round sterling plaque which connects by two sterling bars. In the center of the plaque is a second, slightly larger scarab bug. The scarab beetles all have phenomenal coloring, with iridescent hues of intense green, brown, gold and black. The earrings hang from simple clasped wires and the back of the toppers are stamped "STERLING". Both beautiful and artistic, these incredible earrings are a fantastic example of jewelry from the Egyptian Revival period. They would make a unique and very special addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 2 3/4" long, is 3/4" at its widest point and a little more than 1/4” at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the scarab bugs, which are all intact.