JEWEL BEETLE WING COVER EARRINGS - STERNOCERA AEQUISIGNATA
The jewel beetle, Sternocera aequisignata, is a species of wood-boring beetle that boasts an iridescent, metallic exoskeleton varying between shades of green and blue. Like many other species of its kind (within the family Buprestidae), it can be found throughout much of East and Southeast Asia. Sternocera aequisignata can grow to be between 1.18 and 1.97 inches, a similar size range to that of many other Buprestid beetles.
It was common in some of the ancient refined cultures of Asia to attach beetle wing pieces, especially from Sternocera aequisignata, as an adornment to paintings, textiles… and jewelry! These earrings are a beautiful statement piece - and yes, they are composed of the elytra (modified, protective forewings) of Sternocera aequisignata. They are surprisingly lightweight, quite durable, and absolutely gorgeous - they’re among our most popular items!
Dimensions: 0.5"L X 3"D each
Scientific Name: Sternocera aequisignata
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These are as pretty as pictured.