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Victorian Scarab Beetle Bracelet

$850

For ages, scarab beetles have been employed as symbols of rebirth and resurrection. In ancient Egypt, it became popular practice to place a scarab over the heart of a mummified person. Known as "heart scarabs", these artifacts were meant to be weighed against the feather of truth during the soul's final judgement. Egyptians regarded the heart as the center of emotion, intelligence, and memory, and keeping it in the body of the deceased was of utmost importance. Thus, the beetle served as an emblem for the vital organ, echoing the heart's significance in the afterlife of the deceased. This bracelet features 9 scarab beetles -yes, real ones- mounted in silver. It dates to the Late Victorian period, a time which saw the resurgence of ancient Egyptian motifs.

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  • Materials

    gilt silver, scarab beetles

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - clasp looks like a replacement

  • Size

    7 1/4" length

Victorian

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VictorianEra

18371901

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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