Wednesday’s Jewelry News of the Weird!
Jewelry that crawls around on your sweater: a live beetle as a brooch!
“In January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated a live, jeweled beetle that a woman was wearing as an “accessory” on her sweater as she crossed into Brownsville, Texas, from Mexico. Blue jewels were glued onto the beetle’s back, which had been painted gold, and the mobile brooch was tethered by a gold chain attached to a safety pin. Even though the woman orally “declared” the animal, the beetle was confiscated because she had not completed the bureau’s PPQ Form 526, which is necessary to bring insects into the country. Reportedly, such jewelry is not that rare in Mexico. A spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was, of course, appalled.” – Brownsville Herald, 1-21-10; The Guardian (London), 1-22-10
We will not being carrying any of the live beetle accessories shown above. Sorry to disappoint you all.