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Scarabs have been regarded as sacred since antiquity. The Ancient Egyptians considered them symbols of eternity, representing cosmic forces, creativity, and new beginnings. This c. 1860 necklace features the scarab icon carved from lapis lazuli. Lapis lazuli is composed of many minerals - predominantly lazurite, but also calcite and pyrite. This particular piece of lapis exhibits this varied composition beautifully, with it's many tiny flecks of pyrite adding a magical shimmer to the piece. Materials: 14k rose gold frame, lapis lazuli; 14k yellow gold chain. Age: c. 1860. Condition: Excellent. Size: 1 1/2" long and 3/4" wide pendant, 14" chain. Color: gray