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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    500-300 BC (made)
    before 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castellani (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold decorated with applied wirework and granulation, mounted with four carnelian scarabs

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the family of Ernest and Antoinette Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf C, box 7

This bracelet may have been in the Castellani firm's stock for a number of years as the business was winding down in the 20th century.

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

Castellani, the leading jewellers in Rome, acquired ancient stones in great quantities from many sources. The scarcity of scarabs caused Augusto Castellani to comment in 1862 that their high price ‘impelled the moderns to counterfeit them. And they so perfected this trade that the most experienced eye can barely discover the deception’.

Physical description

Gold bracelet decorated with applied wirework and granulation, and mounted with four cornelian scarabs. With the applied monogram of Castellani.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


500-300 BC (made)
before 1925 (made)


Castellani (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold decorated with applied wirework and granulation, mounted with four carnelian scarabs


Height: 4.3 cm, Width: 7.1 cm, Depth: 8.4 cm

Object history note

The scarabs: 500-300 BC. With the applied monogram of Castellani. Bought by Ernest and Antoinette Jones from Alfredo Castellani in Rome in 1925.

Castellani Jewellery Exhibition RF.2003/302

Descriptive line

Gold bracelet in the Etruscan style, mounted with four cornelian scarabs, by Castellani, Rome, before 1925

Production Note

The scarabs are Etruscan, 500-300 BC


Gold; Cornelian

Subjects depicted

Antique, the; Scarabs


Jewellery; Archaeology; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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