They included an Egyptian scarab whose hieroglyphics told how Amen Hotep III of the 18th dynasty shot 102 fierce lions with his own bow.
The most common Egyptian amulet was the scarab , made in the form of a sacred beetle, and this design continued to be used in early Greek and Etruscan work.
For he that carries this scarab is the guard of many a sacred and coveted secrets.
Gently, he turned over the scarab to reveal miniscule hieroglyphics on the back.
It was some sort of ancient Idol, and I found a necklace with a scarab in it.
He picked it up, seeing it was a golden scarab .
But the scarab also holds deep personal significance for me.
Each merchant's tales of how the scarabs came from the tomb of Tutankhamun grew less and less likely with every member of the caravan.
Castellani also incorporated cameos, scarabs , and enamel into pieces of jewelry as had been done in ancient times.
The ladybirds are suburban scarabs - there is something jewel-like about them, like tiny ladybird cufflinks set with emeralds and diamonds, or enamels, etched with intricate engravings.