This Victorian Egyptian Revival Faience Scarab bracelet is a remarkable and fascinating piece of history. Inlaid with 7 earthy-toned faience scarab stones, this piece epitomises 19th-Century curiosity and "Egyptomania".
The archaeological excavations of the 19th-Century had a profound influence on jewellery design. With the discovery of ancient Egyptian tombs, pieces just like this were being crafted and worn by the highest socialites in British society.
This Victorian bracelet in particular has meticulous attention to detail. On the underside of each scarab is carved hieroglyphics, which were in homage to its ancient predecessors. Not to mention, scarabs are symbols of immortality, so you can clearly see why the Victorians wanted to own one of these pieces.
ERA: Victorian Archaeological Egyptian Revival (1837-1901).
MEASUREMENTS: Bracelet length 7" to 8 & 1/2" or 18cm to 21.5cm.
Bracelet width graduates from 13.5mm to 18.5mm at the central scarab.
Scarabs graduate from 12mm long x 9.5mm wide to 17.5mm long x 12.5mm wide.
Connecting fancy "bow" links 10mm long x 4mm wide each.
Bolt ring 8.5mm diameter.
MATERIALS: Solid 18ct Gold, Solid 9ct Gold, Faience Stone, Metal.
HALLMARKS: Tested as 18ct Gold bracelet with 9ct Gold end chain, Metal clasp and loop ring.
EXCELLENT-VERY GOOD: This Victorian Egyptian revival faience scarab bracelet is in superb condition throughout. All of the 18ct Gold connecting links are immaculate and the bolt ring is in great working order. One of the cream scarabs is missing a prong, but it is still securely held in place. Plus some of the scarab carvings have smoothened from age, but Faience stones are softer than other materials, so this is to be expected. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic archaeological heirloom, and we recommend that she is treated with the utmost respect, saving her for important occasions only.