Wednesday’s Jewelry News of the Weird!


Today’s jewelry news of the weird is brought to you from Texas, where a woman tried to cross the boarder with a pretty unique piece of jewelry…

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.

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Bill HriskoBill Hrisko graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Human Resource Management and a Minor in Retail. He then attended The Citadel where he obtained his Masters of Business Administration. Through GIA (Gemological Institute of America), Bill has completed numerous classes in grading and appraising colored stones and diamonds and has obtained the following designations: Accredited Jewelry Profession (AJP) and Graduate in Diamonds. Bill and his wife Stephanie opened Unforgettable in 2008.View all posts by Bill Hrisko

  1. The Shop Tart
    The Shop Tart02-17-2010

    Ew. Ew. Ew. Good call on not carrying those. Because I know my kids would want to get me one for Mothers Day!

  2. Vicki B
    Vicki B02-17-2010

    I wish yall carried ROACH Brooches it rhymes and it would be cute plus my daughters would love them

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