Egyptian Revival scarab Art Deco flapper steel seed bead necklace is incredible both in style as well as coloring. This is the nicest Art Deco seed bead necklace I have ever seen, as well as being a scarce motif in the Egyptian style. Along with the silver from the steel beads are iridescent copper and peacock or butterfly wing blue beads. A pale red outlines the design and black set off the design element. The actual coloring is truest to the first photo. The center piece is 2.25 inches across with a winged scarab, and is attached to the corner squares of the necklace, as well as having a curled bead accent running between them. From the center piece hang three 2.25 inch tassels. The flat bead necklace area has a total length around of 29.5 inches. So doubled with the front design, it hangs 19 inches.
Being a hundred years old, it does have it's flaws. There are a couple beads missing along the edge near the back, and one corner of the flat necklace area at the front, as seen in the last photo. There is also some visible thread reinforcement at the top tip of the center piece, and a few missing strands of beads around the tassel balls. None of this distracts from it's beauty in my opinion. I believe this necklace can be worn carefully (like not having children pulling on it or catching it on a door pull at work) without the fear of damage. It is remarkably heavy with the steel beads and seems very firm and holding. This necklace will not disappoint.
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