Since I love dead bugs, I couldn’t resist a little research into this lovely photo-find from ascendescend.
When Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, a strong Egyptian revival took place in Europe. Here is a stunning and very rare example of a brooch from the 1920s.
This 9 carat gold scarab brooch has a delicate gold frame. Pink garnet eyes encase a real scarab shell. The back has a fine design with thin gold ropes of backwings held in the middle by a tiny gold flower. A safety chain and pin attach the gold head securely to fabric. The bar has a c clasp. The gold loop on head enables you to wear it as pendant.
Overall great condition. Tiny loss on the left corner of the body (as noted in the 4th photo), as well as some missing gold on the wing.
This brooch is so strangely beautiful. At nearly 100 years old, it is a miracle it is still here.