Ancient Scarab Talisman Necklace
Free shipping and returns
100% recycled solid gold or vermeil
2 year warranty
Fairly made, fairly priced
Egyptian scarabs are one of the oldest examples of engraved talismanic gems to be found in history.
The Egyptian sun god Ra was seen rolling the sun across the sky each day, disappearing at night only to revive again each morning. An echo of this phenomenon was seen in the behavior and life cycle of a scarab beetle, a microcosm of the rising and falling of the sun, life and death and life once again. The scarab became culturally significant to the ancient Egyptians as a symbol of renewal and regeneration.
While the scarab hieroglyph represents ideas of existence, manifestation, and growth, most Egyptians wore their scarab amulets to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits. Scarab amulets were commissioned to commemorate royal weddings and births, to honor family members, and were exchanged as gifts in ancient times—one in the Met reads, "May Ra grant you a happy new year.”
Later, as Egyptian culture came to permeate the Roman Empire, Roman legionnaires wore rings set with scarabs, believing they would grant courage and strength.
- 0.6" / 17mm pendant
- 20 inch 1.1mm wheat chain with 18 inch jump ring included with Gold Vermeil pendant
- 20 inch solid 14k gold 1mm cable chain can be purchased with solid gold pendant
About Solid Gold ✨
Solid gold is the best option if you:
1. Want to wear your piece forever or pass it down as an heirloom. Solid gold will last for centuries without degrading.
2. Want to invest in jewelry as an asset rather than an accessory. Gold traditionally appreciates in value and can always be melted down and made into a new piece
Unlike many brands, our gold is never hollow - it is always 100% solid, cast using the lost wax method, meaning there is a lot more gold in each piece.
Our gold is 100% certified recycled and each piece is handcrafted here in New York.
When will my piece ship? 🚚
Gold Vermeil pieces ship same day or next business day.
We keep a small inventory of solid gold pieces - please check about the 'Add to Cart' button to see if your piece is in stock.
If not, it will display the estimated ship time so that we can custom make it for you in our NYC studio.
What does Traditional Retail Price mean? 💸
Most brands sell through boutiques and department stores, where the pricing model is usually a 2 - 4x markup from their wholesale price. For example, the jewelry brand sells the piece to the store for $1000, and then the store sells it to you for $2,500.
Because Common Era sells directly from our studio, we can give our customers the same pricing we would be giving to wholesale stores.
About Gold Vermeil
Gold Vermeil, pronounced ver-may, is a french term for a style of gold plating that is regulated by the federal government. Unlike "gold plated" jewelry, vermeil must always be on a solid 925 sterling silver base - rather than brass - with at least 2.5 microns thickness of gold. This is 3 times thicker than normal gold plating.
This makes vermeil a longer lasting product than gold plated jewelry, as well as more valuable because it's composed entirely of precious metals.
When will my order ship?
All pieces except for made-to-order solid gold will ship within 24 hours on business days.
Solid gold orders ship from our NYC studio and the time to ship is indicated above the "Add to cart" button on those pieces.
What if my piece is lost in the mail?
This is in incredibly rare, but if it happens we will make it right with a free replacement.
Solid gold pieces are always shipped with signature required to ensure this doesn't happen.
Does your jewelry come in a box or a pouch?
Both! Our packaging is made in Chicago and consists of a peach-colored vegan suede pouch in a branded box, so they’re easy to wrap up as gifts.
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