*EGYPT ~ Tutankhamun pectoral with solar and lunar elements. Cloisonné with carnelian, lapis lazuli, calcite, obsidian and coloured glass. At its centre is a chalcedony scarab, which has falcon legs and talons.
A first century collar necklace from a tomb in Tillia Tepe, Afghanistan. Photo by Thierry Ollivier/Muse Guimet/Getty Images. Ancient Jewelry Photo Gallery - First Century Collar Necklace - Pictures of Ancient Jewelry
The scarab beetle was often placed on a mummy's chest before burial. It represented transformation, regeneration, renewal, and resurrection. In most ancient stories of creation the scarab beetle was present.