Quite an amazing and stunningly beautiful 18ct buttery rich yellow gold Scarab faience ring dating from we believe to be from the third Neo-Egyptian revival period. However it is also quite possible this piece may date to the mid to late 1800’s.
‘The first Neo-Egyptian period was brought about by Napoleon's journey to Egypt (circa 1805-1810).
The second revival was caused by the opening of the Suez Canal and the third was initiated by the discovery of King Tut-Ankh-Amun’s tomb (circa 1922).
With a large glazed faience turquoise hued scarab measuring approximately 1.6cm x 1.1cm set to the centre of a waved cut down bezel, to a fine rope twist border at its base. The shoulders are intricately hand worked in a combination Etruscan / Egyptian style and lead to a slim but sturdy very finely patterned band. All hand crafted in unmarked but tested to 18ct or higher.
The scarab is in perfect condition, no signs of wear, this piece has been treasured and cared for.
The gold work is also in excellent condition.
A true collectors piece!
History of Scarabaeus Sacer
“Scarabaeus sacer is the most famous of the scarab beetles to the Ancient Egyptians, S. sacer was a symbol of Khepri the early morning manifestation of the sun god Ra from an analogy between the beetle's behaviour of rolling a ball of dung across the ground and Khepri's task of rolling the sun across the sky. They accordingly held the species to be scared".
Sarab 1.6cm x 1.1cm
Shoulder to Shoulder 2cm
Tested as at least 18ct
L or 16.3mm diameter ( Sizeable with care by competent jeweller )