Friday, 22 January 2016

High Insect Jewels - Live Insect Jewelry






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Live insect jewellry refers to jewellry, made from living creatures - usually bejewelled oversized insects- which is worn as a fashion accessory. The use of insects as live jewellry has existed for many centuries, with the Egyptians believed to have been the first to have worn insects as jewelry.

Ancient Egyptian soldiers commonly wore scarab beetles into battle as the beetles were considered to have supernatural powers of protection against enemies.
In 2010 U.S. customs officers stopped a woman on her way into the country because she was wearing a jewel-encrusted beetle as a brooch - and it was alive.

She declared the live insect to officials and said she had bought it in Mexico as a brooch but it was immediately confiscated by pest control. Moving live plant pests in any form into or out of the U.S. has to be declared to customs.
Live jewelry has been featured in Mayan cultural traditions for centuries.

It was not until the 1980s however that the Mexican Maquech Beetle, a sub-species of the Zopherus beetle, achieved mainstream popularity as live jewelry. The Maquech Beetle is a large, docile, wingless insect.