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Jewel Beetle and iridescent czech crystal bead necklace.

The necklace is made from 22 real iridescent beetle-wings (from Jewel Beetles aka Sternocera - technically they're the wing cases rather than the wings). They hang from a perfectly matched iridescent czech crystal glass faceted bead attached to a gunmetal chain.

This necklace sits pleasingly on the collar bone, is very light in weight and is adjustable in length from 44cm to 52cm.

Each wing case (or elytron) is hard and shell-like, and measures approx. three and a half centimetres long. They are tough but require care as with any precious jewellery.
The beetlewing cases (elytra) are from Thailand where there's an ancient tradition of using them for decoration in textiles, jewellery and paintings. The beetles have a short life span of 3 to 4 weeks in their adult stage and the wings are collected from those that die of natural causes.

The beautiful iridescence of the beetlewings will endure and remain splendid for many decades - examples survive from India that are over one hundred years old, including use as decoration in Victorian tea-cosies. A beetlewing gown worn on stage in 1888 by actress Ellen Terry was successfully restored in 2011 and any original beetlewings that had broken were repaired by mounting them on small pieces of Japanese tissue with a wheat starch paste mixture.

I take care to wrap and package my items carefully so that they reach you safely and give you pleasure when you unwrap them.

Jewel Beetle necklace, beetlewing jewellery, peacock blue iridescent beetlewings


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: elyctra beetle, jewel beetle, beetle, iridescent beetle wings, gunmetal, beetle wings, real beetle wings, taxidermy beetle wings, real bug wings, real insect wings, jewel beetle wings, blue beetle wings, purple beetle wings
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