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Victorian Gold-Mounted Beetle Necklace


In the late 1800s, iridescent beetles like this one were brought from South America to satisfy the Victorian craving for "scarab" jewelry. Egyptomania of the era wasn't rooted in a genuine fascination with ancient Egyptian culture, but rather in an aesthetic. Recent tomb discoveries offered glimpses to people in England and America of the enigmatic and mystical artifacts buried alongside pharaohs, among them the scarab beetle symbolizing eternal life.


  • Materials

    18k gold (tests), beetle, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good - was probably a component of a larger piece of jewelry

  • Size

    1 1/8" length including the bale, 3/8" at the widest point, 18" chain

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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.