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Egyptian Scarabs From Gemstones

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Bracelet with scarabs: The bracelet is made of 7 blue scarabs, 4 made of Faience and 3 made of glazed steatite, all displaying 18th Dynasty designs and features, set in modern gold frames and attached by modern gold links. An additional 18th Dynasty scarab of glazed steatite in a modern setting is attached separately with a gold chain.
A new exhibition in the Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Museum in Ramat Gan combines gemstones, history, magic and jewelry. All of these are embedded in 1-3 cm scarabs showcased in an exhibition called “Protective Force: Egyptian Scarabs from Gemstones”, which displays the significant role of gemstones in ancient Egyptian culture.
Scarabs were the most popular amulets in ancient Egypt for hundreds of years. Its name derives from its form, which is based on the image of the dung beetle common in the area. They were seen to represent the heavenly cycle of rebirth and signified renewed growth.

They were primarily used as amulets for protection or good luck and were buried with the dead. The Egyptian name for the beetle was “kheper” – derived from the verb “born” or “created”. While the back of the scarab was styled in different forms, the base was used to inscribe or draw names of gods, different decorations and inscriptions.
The scarabs were integrated in rings and jewelry and were extremely popular during the Victoria era. Pieces from that period, including bracelets and necklaces, are also showcased in the exhibition. 
 
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