The central motif depicts the rising of the sun. The scarab beetle was associated in Egyptian mythology with the sun, as the means by which it crosses the heaven every day. Here, the golden beetle is holding the solar disk, inlayed with red garnet, in its front legs. The scarab is accompanied by two baboons, animals frequently associated with the rising sun. Moreover, the god Thoth, who is often represented in the form of a baboon, usually accompanies the sun. Upon the baboons' heads are the lunar disk and crescent. The iconography is both solar and lunar: there is the solar scarab beetle; the baboons of sunrise and the lunar deity of Thoth, symbolising both the underworld and the celestial realms; the night and the day.
I handcut these layers of solid 14ct gold and sterling silver to create this design. I cut them by hand using a tiny sawblade (no lasers!), and riveted them together with sterling silver rivets. I set 3 beautiful cabochons into the centre of the orbs, rose cut citrine and red garnet.
This pendant is 3.5cm in length and 4.3cm across and is hung on a 45cm sterling silver chain.
Your purchase will come carefully packaged in a gift box complete with wax seal.