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  • Place of origin:

    New York (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1890 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tiffany & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, carnelian

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf C, box 4

Ancient beads, scarabs and engraved gemstones from excavations were an essential element of jewellery made in the archaeological style. Mounted in gold, they were widely set in necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings or rings.

However not all the scarabs and carved gems used in nineteenth-century jewellery were genuine ancient finds. The Roman jeweller Augusto Castellani commented in 1862 that the high price of ancient scarabs ‘impelled the moderns to counterfeit them. And they so perfected this trade that the most experienced eye can barely discover the deception’.

Physical description

Pendant with carnelian scarab

Place of Origin

New York (made)


ca. 1890 (made)


Tiffany & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, carnelian


Height: 43 mm, Width: 38 mm

Descriptive line

Gold pendant with carnelian scarab, Tiffany, New York, about 1890


Gold; Carnelian


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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