Living Jewels (II)

Jewel-incrusted live beetle worn as a brooch by a Mexican woman crossing the border in Texas.

The Guardian World News this weekend:

“Pest control measures meant officers promptly confiscated the item worn as a brooch on the traveller’s sweater and sent it for further inspection. The beetle was attached to the woman’s clothing by a gold chain and safety pin.

“CBP officers seized the decorative clothing accessory and sent the live beetle to the Plant Inspection Station at Los Indios International Bridge for further identification. Because the traveller declared the insect no monetary civil penalty was issued,” the official account declared.

Animal rights campaigners were less forgiving, reported the south Texan newspaper The Monitor. Jaime Zalac, for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said: “Beetles may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies and kittens, but they have the same capacity to feel pain and suffer. It’s ironic. We spend hours each week helping kind people find humane ways to relocate lost insects such as ants, bees and roaches that wander into their homes. People feel so good about not hurting them, while this woman paid someone to mutilate them.”

Beetle species have proved popular subjects for jewellery for centuries and attaching it to live beetles is apparently not uncommon in Mexico. Jackie Kennedy is said to have been given one with emeralds.”

Read the whole article here.

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2 thoughts on “Living Jewels (II)

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  2. I believe that insects, both the real thing & jeweled replicas, were popular as personal adornment in Victorian England.

    Who hasn’t admired the coppery metallic sheen of the Japanese beetle?

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