14K Gold Lapis Lazuli Egyptian Revival Scarab Cufflinks
A fine pair of Victorian 14K yellow gold cufflinks, the faces formed from carved lapis lazuli scarabs. The scarab motif, an ancient Egyptian symbol of longevity, were used in western jewelry from the Archaeological Revival period (ca. 1860) through the years following the discovery of King Tut’s tomb (1926). The construction of these cufflinks suggests they probably date from around 1900. The lapis has a nice medium blue color with lighter veining of whitish calcite. There are no glittery pyrite flecks. Marked 14K.
Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent. Size: faces, 11/16” x 9/16”. Weight: 8.1 grams.