I’m someone who absolutely loaths and fears almost all kinds of nasty and ugly insects, so this is the only kind of bug that I can bear to have against my skin! And in turquoise it’s actually quite beautiful!
I found this little scarab last summer in an old jewellery box back home in my old room. In the summer of 1990 us girls (me and my best friend M) went on an english language course in beautiful Cambridge for three weeks. On a day trip to London we visited the British Museum and it’s Department of Ancient Egypt in particular, as M was a huge fan of egyptology at the time. I bought the scarab from the museum gift shop to remind me of our trip, but I never wore it in a necklace like I thougt I would. It had been laying in my drawer for fifteen years until a couple of months ago it gained new life in this bracelet. The tiny turquoise and garnet beads are from New York, so the bracelet is full of fond memories.
It’s just an ordinary scarab, probably every other bead shop in the world sells tons of these. But this particular little bug helps me remember what it was like to be sixteen years old and travel abroad without the parents for the first time. Since then London has been one of my favourite cities, one that I will always return to.