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The beetle has been a symbolic motif in Egyptian jewelry for thousands of years. The scarab is a symbol of regeneration and rebirth, so the jewelry beetle was thought to bring protection, luck and vitality of its bearer. Egyptian soldiers were given beetles before going into battle. Women were given beetles for fertility. Beetle accounts and designs are usually forms in bracelets, pendants and rings.

Scarab Jewelry made of a wide range of stones and materials. Archaeologists have found examples of accounts of beetle and artifacts made of clay, soapstone, green basalt, glass, bone, metals, wood, semi-precious stones and many other types of stone. The colors of smooth stone scarabs were often symbolically glazed or glazed in bright colors. The most common colors found enameled jewelry scarab in green (symbolizing new life), blue (the sky and the river Nile) and red (for the sun). In addition to glazes, bright gemstones semi-precious stones were used in jewelry making beetle as lapis lazuli, amethyst, carnelian, agate, jasper, onyx and turquoise. Today, scarab jewelry still made of precious stones, glazed materials and precious metals.

The symbolism of the jewel beetle derives mainly from its association with the Egyptian god of the output sun, Khepri. A type of beetle, the "sacred beetle, or beetle lays its eggs in a dung ball rolling on the floor and, finally, in a hole where the eggs hatch and the new beetles leave. The beetle was seen as the earthly representation of Khepri was believed that this god roll the sun across the sky each day, renewing life. The beetle is also associated with astrology and may have preceded the crab as the symbol we know as cancer.

Beetles were also used in ancient Egypt for protection in the afterlife. Large beetles heart ", with inscriptions hieroglyphics at the bottom, were placed on the chest of the deceased in the tomb. They were also found in the place of the heart in the mummified bodies. These beetles heart is believed to protect the dead in doom. The most famous of them was a chest or "pecs" beetle is found in Thebes in the tomb of King Tutankhamen. Today, heart beetles are valued for ornamental purposes, and many still have symbolic hieroglyphics and engravings at the bottom.

Since Egyptian history and art are still studied today, the fascination with the beetle continues. Scarab jewelry and decoration still are made in Egypt by artisans from around the world.

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