Scarab Beetle Ring
Scarab Beetles were very popular amulets and talismans in Ancient Egypt. (Living ones would also be kept as pets and used for personal adornment!) They are also known as dung beetles, as they roll poop into oversized balls and lay their eggs in them, which supplies their larva with food. This was seen as an earthly metaphorical symbol for the heavenly cycle of the sun, and so came to represent renewal.
The Egyptian god Khepri, who represented the sun God Ra, was often depicted as a scarab beetle or as a scarab beetle-headed man. The ancient Egyptians believed that Khepri renewed the sun every day before rolling it above the horizon, then carried it through the underworld after sunset, and then repeated the cycle again the next day.
This winged scarab is based on traditional ancient Egyptian designs.
See also Scarab pendants, Scarab Bracelet and new Scarab earrings (as well as Staghorn beetles and Rhinoceros beetles, that are also part of the scarab family) in sterling silver by Mercurious Designs.