The iridescent wings of the Jewel beetle have been used for hundreds of years to adorn the muslin gowns and costumes of fine ladies. These iridescent wings can be shaped and drilled and are most often seen combined with gold threads.
Please see the samples of antique beetle wing embroideries.
Wings vary in length from between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in length each.
Price is for 1 dozen Jewel Beetle wings.
An emerald and sea green gown covered with beetle wings was worn by Ellen Terry when she played Lady Macbeth at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1888.
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