In Thailand, beetle wings of wood–boring beetles, Sternocera were preferred to decorate clothing (shawls and Sabai cloth) and jewelry in former court circles. The beetles have a short life span of 3 to 4 weeks in their adult stage. To avoid killing the beetles, only those that die of natural causes are collected.
These wings are the only outsourced material that Bone Boutique purchases. These earrings are 2 1/2 inches long. Available in 925 silver plated, 14k plated gold, plastic fish hook and clip-ons.
Jewel Beetle Wing Earrings
When not in use, keep item in its original packaging. Made from natural animal bones which tend to patina with time.
To clean: For light cleaning of make up or dirt, use square nail buffer of fine grit. For heavily soiled bones, wash with dishwashing soap and a toothbrush. Let sit out in the sun to dry.
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