Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2017 - Discover the new Swarovski 5728 Scarab bead.
Swarovski Innovations Spring/Summer 2017 - Discover the new Swarovski 5728 Scarab bead. This wonderful design was inspired by the real scarab beetle and its history in Ancient Egypt where it had a significant religious meaning linked to the god Khefra. Scarabs were popular amulets in Ancient Egypt, moulded in the form of a scarab beetle (usually identified as Scarabaeus Sacer) with varying degrees of naturalism. Primarily they were inscribed for use as personal or administrative seals or were incorporated into jewellery. Some scarabs were created for political, diplomatic and commemorative or to advertise royal achievements. By the time of early Egyptian Empire (16th
century BC) heart scarabs had become part of the battery of amulets protecting mummies. They were considered to be a symbol of life, rebirth & reincarnation.
Scarabs were generally either carved from stone or moulded from Egyptian faience. Once carved, they would typically be glazed blue or green and then fired. The most common stone used for scarabs was a form of steatite, a soft stone which becomes hard when fired (forming enstatite). Hardstone scarabs were also made and the stones most commonly used were green jasper, amethyst and carnelian.
These varying colours and shimmers have now been beautifully captured in a bead by Swarovski. With their innovative crystal cut technique this ancient Egyptian symbol takes on a modern form which is truly inspired by nature. Have a look at our wonderful collection
with this new representation of an old artifact which will be an eye-catcher in any design. It’s perfect for Boho and ethnic-inspired accessories and will become quickly your own personal talisman.
If you are looking for an inspiration on how to incorporate the scarab bead into a jewellery piece, take a look at our switchback bracelet stack designed exclusively for us by Dorothy Wood. It shows this new bead off beautifully and the colours used for the trio of bracelets compliment each other wonderfully. See more HERE