"Tut's Signet"

SOLD--Antique Gold Over Silver Scarab Flip Ring

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  • Regular price $650.00

The scarab beetle figured prominently in Ancient Egyptian jewelry, symbolizing the god of the sun.  Carved from stone, the underside of the scarab usually was inscribed with hieroglyphics.  This could be strung on gold wire and attached to a ring, forming a kind of reversible signet ring. In 1922, the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and all the treasures that lay inside ushered in a wave of Egypt-mania. Our striking example, made from gold applied over silver, and dated circa 1920, has been designed in the manner of the Ancients, as a scarab on one side, and hieroglyphics on the reverse, creating a "Flip" ring.   It's also possible that the scarab was molded from an actual ancient Egyption artifact as so many of these small talismans were taken from the ancient tombs during the excavations of the late 1800s and into the 1920's when Howard Carter discovered the famous Tutankhamen tomb--one of the only tombs ever found completely intact in modern times.  A great conversation piece, this ring is so fun to wear!

Details (approximate)

Size (can be resized): 8.75

Dimensions: 25mm x 19mm

Weight: 13.6 grams

Materials:Gold over silver

Metal: Gold over silver

Marks: hieroglyphic figures

Condition: Good antique condition with some wearing off of the gold surface in some areas revealing the silver underneath and some minor surface wear.  Please see all photos.