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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (possibly, made)
    USA (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with turquoise scarab and brilliant-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf C, box 13

This ring shows the fashion for jewellery inspired by contemporary archaeological discoveries during the nineteenth century, and a fascination with the art and mythology of Ancient Egypt.

Rings set with stone scarab beetles were first worn by the ancient Egyptians for whom the beetle represented the god of the morning sun, resurrection and immortality.

Physical description

Carved turquoise scarab with diamond surround, set on a twisted band of textured gold

Place of Origin

Europe (possibly, made)
USA (possibly, made)


1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold with turquoise scarab and brilliant-cut diamonds


Width: 2 cm, Depth: 2.4 cm, Height: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Gold ring set with a turquoise scarab surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds. Western Europe or USA, 1850-1900


Gold; Turquoise; Diamond


Stone cutting; Stone setting

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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