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Renee says: ” I was so excited when I found these scarabs in the back streets of Paris in a wee little shop, and knew they would make for interesting and unusual earrings! They are exquisitely crafted in silver with lots of fine detail. I have dangled these from my newer antiqued silver, mid length ear wire. This beautiful ear wire is an elongated leaf, which is antiqued for an “old world” look. The scarabs are on the larger side, but very light and easy on the ears. One amazing pair, guaranteed to delight! Scroll thru’ images for up close peek.”
What is a Scarab and what does it mean? It is a representation or image of a beetle, much used among the ancient Egyptians as a symbol, seal, amulet or a gem hut to resemble a beetle.
Scarabs are a common type of amulet, seal or ring bezel found in Egypt, Nubia and Syria from the 6th Dynasty until the Ptolemaih Period (2345-30 BC). The earliest were purely amulet and uninscribed: it was only during the Middle Kingdom (2055-1650 BC) that they were used as seals. The scarab seal is so called because it was made in the shape of the sacred scarab beetle (scarabaeus sacer), which was personified by Khepri, a sun god associated with resurrection. The flat underside of the scarab, carved in stone or moulded in faience or glass, was usually decorated with designs or inscriptions, sometimes incorporating a royal name. Scarabs, however, have proven to be an unreliable means of dating archaeological contexts since the royal name is often that of a long dead ruler; Menkheperra, the prename of Thutmose III (1479-1425 BC).
Length: 2.25 inches 57.15 mm See photo of earrings next to Australian .20 cent coin for size reference.
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Renee, What beautiful earrings! I had almost forgotten how special your jewellery is. Loved the special care with packaging and the beautiful logo ribbon. You blitzed it! Beth