The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter of Tutankhamun's nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage and sparked a craze for ornamentation inspired by Ancient Egypt. This endured well into the 1930's and from time to time ever since has been revived.
Here is the most delightful, silver, agate and enamel plique à jour pin. Plique à Jour is a process of transparent enamelling which adds light and airiness to a piece.
The scarab was the Egyptian symbol of life. He was considered to be the force that pushed the sun around the earth so he has appeared in Egyptian Revival jewellery down the years.
The pin measures 1½” (3.8cms)) across the top and 1 and 1/16” (2.7cms) down the centre. It weighs 11.2 grams so is very substantial.
At the centre of the pin the scarab’s body is a translucent, carnelian agate. On either side are delightful Egyptian inspired motifs , delicately enamelled in turquoise blue and burnt orange. The top is inset with green enamel. There are more exquisite, motifs at the base of the scarab. The pin has great sparkle as the design is highlighted with marcasites.Hold it to the light and you will see how beautiful it is.
The back is smoothly finished and bears a safety clasp. The stone is open backed for maximum shine. It is marked ‘935’ for the silver quality which is richer than sterling (925). I believe it is German in origin.
The pin is in excellent vintage condition with all the enamel intact. This wonderful piece is perfect for a collector of Egyptian Revival or plique à jour jewellery and it is very wearable too.
It will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.
Egyptian Revival 935 Silver Agate Enamel Scarab Pin