The ancient Egyptians used symbols in
their art and religion. One symbols was that of the common scarab bug,
a beetle found all over ancient Egypt. The scarab bug symbolized the restoration of life.
The scarab was a popular design for
good luck charms, for seals used to stamp documents, and for jewelry
made from clay or precious gems. Some had inscriptions, like the
owners name or a brief message like "congratulations on your new
The rich colors used in the scarab
design had meaning. Red signified the god, Ra. Touches of yellow were
used to symbolize the sun and the desert. Blue symbolized the Nile.
Green was the symbol for growth.