Please Note: Since this listing was created three years ago, I have switched to a different beetle species that looks identical to these, except the horn on the male is smaller. I did this because I had some trouble with the long horns breaking off while in use. The new species is Phanaeus igneus from Florida. Again, completely identical, only with a smaller horn that is more durable.
Best seen in person, these are especially wonderful specimans to wear around, because they change color in different lighting situations. Especially brilliant in the sun! What a lovely and mysterious way to wear a gorgeous "Living Jewel" or two!
Bronze-finish bobby pins are decorated with a bronze filigree pad, and the beetles are glued onto this. Filigree pads measure about 20mm from top to bottom.
The beetles are about 15mm (about 1/2 inch) tall.
My "Living Jewels" insect jewelry collection uses real beetles in place of gemstones. I wanted to show beetles in this way because they are every bit as gorgeous as real gemstones. The chitin that makes up the beetle's hard outer parts is one of the most durable materials in the natural world, and the exposed beetle should therefore be surprisingly durable to the elements. I have been testing them for over 3 years now with good results. I have glued the wings shut for extra protection, and finished with a protective acrylic glaze. Treat this as a fine piece of jewelry and store in your jewelry box, and it should last for many years to come. All of my insect jewelry is guaranteed for one year. Each piece comes with more detailed care instructions.
Insects have been sustainable farmed for my art. For more details, please contact me or check my blog at www.insectartonline.com