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Victorian Scarab Beetle Earrings


The Western world became fascinated with Ancient Egyptian culture during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, 1798-1801. By the late 1800s, archaeological finds - sarcophagi, mummies, hieroglyphics - were making news all over Europe, and Egyptian design motifs made their way into Western art, fashion, and architecture. These c. 1890 English earrings are fashioned in gold with iridescent (real!) scarab beetles.


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), beetles

  • Age

    c. 1890

  • Condition

    Very good - dark mark on the back of one earring (probably from an acid test); one beetle has a tiny hole in its abdomen but is secure in its setting

  • Size

    3/4" x 1/2"





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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Egyptian Revival:An Obsession with the Ancient World

Discoveries in Ancient Egypt captivated the West’s imagination and inspired a wild period of exciting design.