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Metallic purple blue or emerald green Jewel Beetle necklace (select your preference). I have sorted these jewel beetle elytra into colour groups so I can offer a choice of bluey-purple or greeny-blue necklaces. The photos show the bluey-purple variety, which also reflect green light when viewed from a certain perspective.

Necklace of 20 real iridescent beetlewings (from Jewel Beetles aka Sternocera - technically they're the wing cases rather than the wings). They hang from a gun metal chain, and finish at the back with a small piece of beetle wing (I no longer use the ball shown in the photo). It fastens with a gunmetal lobster catch. The necklace sits on the collar bone and length is adjustable from 44cm up to 50cm.

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. Their beautiful iridescence 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.

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 necklace will be supplied in a plain black gift box.

Overseas (ie, non-UK) customers will receive a tracking number for this item when it has been dispatched.

Jewel Beetle Necklace, beetlewing jewellery, peacock blue or emerald green iridescent beetlewing statement necklace

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  • Materials: jewel beetle, beetle, iridescent beetle wings, gunmetal, beetle wings, real beetle wings, taxidermy beetle wings, gunmetal chain, real bug wings, real insect wings, jewel beetle wings, blue purple beetle wings, elytra
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