Along with your beautiful outfit for that special evening out, be sure and wear a beautiful piece of jewelry. Some fashion designers will even be happy to outfit you with their own creations – live jeweled beetles, dragon flies, and cockroaches. I did not believe this myself when a friend told me, until I saw it on a fashion show on TV. Then I saw live jewelry being worn again on the hit show, America’s Next Top Model. Where did this idea come from, how does it work, and who in their right mind would wear lives bugs as jewelry?
The idea of bug jewelry was the idea of several fashion designers, that more or less simultaneously came up with the idea. One of the designers is Salt Lake City fashion designer Jared Gold. One of his finest bug creations is a bug that is partially covered in brightly colored Swarovski crystals. These crystals are glued to the bugs outer shell, which are glued to its hard outer shell. The bug is then attached via a small clasp to a silver chain, and on the other end of the silver chain is a cameo pin. He actually has many clients who wish to wear his jewelry designs.
Barbara J Bosco also designs this type of jewelry. However there is one catch to her designs. The bugs and bug parts she uses are not alive. Her specialty is using butterfly and moth wings
One wonders if we are the first generation of humans to think of this idea of wearing live insects. Research shows that we are not. It is merely an old idea being recycled.Hundreds of years back in the Victorian era, many women of that day considered it fashionable to wear jewelry made out of bugs. Of course these bugs were alive when you initially got your jewelry, but they didn’t stay that way for long.
During the nineteenth century, we again find this trend, but this time the idea was to wear dead bugs. Not only could you find them in necklaces, but women could be seen wearing hat with dead beetles. Some saw this as a way to redefine our relationship with nature. However, wild life enthusiasts objected to using insects and bird feathers in jewelry and other attire. They felt it trivialized animal life, even that of bugs.
Today entomologists or those who study insect life, complain that this is cruel treatment to this species of life. It basically tortures the bugs. Of course they merely live long enough for their owners to wear them for the evening. Sometimes they live a bit longer, and you might get two wearings out of your bug jewelry.
As for myself, I don’t think the whole live bug jewelry thing is for me. As we speak, I’m busy trying to rid my yard of unwanted bugs from our rainy season. I definitely don’t want to be wearing any on my dinner date! Plus I would probably forget what i was wearing and would kill my jewelry. I will stick with regular diamonds and pearls for my jewelery. I am not that adventuresome.