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Jewel Beetle emerald green Poison Ivy skull necklace with peacock blue crystal heart.

Necklace: up-cycled, intricate gunmetal components and beads, adorned with emerald diamanté. Beneath jangle the beautiful green Jewel Beetle wings (Sternocera Elytra) and little dangling green glass beads.

Centre piece: a malachite hexagonal barrel bead, linked to a swarovski crystal faceted bead, a hand painted ox bone skull and a dazzling peacock blue swarovski crystal heart.

The necklace sits pleasingly on the collar bone; it hangs from a gun metal snake chain with a gunmetal lobster catch. Length is adjustable from 47cm to 56cm (I can alter this on request).

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.

Technically they're the wing cases rather than the wings. 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.

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

Green Jewel Beetle and Skull Necklace, green beetle wing jewellery.

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: jewel beetle, iridescent beetle wings, emerald diamante, gunmetal, malachite, snake chain, Swarovski crystal heart, green glass beads, green beetle wings, green carved skull, green beetle elytra, elytra beetle wings, ox bone skull
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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