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Beetle shell jewelry


#1

Hello Jerry, Can you tell me more about these pins? Are the bettles
carved out of stone or what are they made out of? Are there any marks
on the settings? Or better yet, do you have a photo available? I deal
in vintage jewelry (fine and costume) and see lots of scarab jewelry.
With more I could tell you what you have.

Mardel


#2
   Hello Jerry, Can you tell me more about these pins? Are the
bettles carved out of stone or what are they made out of? Are there
any marks on the settings? Or better yet, do you have a photo
available? I deal in vintage jewelry (fine and costume) and see
lots of scarab jewelry. With more I could tell you what
you have. 

Mardel, Sorry, I should have taken pictures of the pieces but didn’t
. I don,t have them here any more. There were no markings. The
shells were the actual shells of the beetles, a dark green, almost
black body with tiny indented spots of a much lighter, almost
flourescent green. The pieces were fabricated and the shells set
with prongs. Jerry in Kodiak


#3

Hi Jerry, Some of us older guys will remember Gilbert Albert, a
jeweller in Geneva, who created some amazingly lateral designs using
iridescent beetles’ wings covers as a feature of his work in the
sixties. He also used tektites. His pieces were quite beautiful and
he won a Diamonds International Award for them. I saw some of his
pieces at that time, and was surprised both by the beauty and the
durability of the the beetle carapaces that he was using. Kind
regards, Rex Steele Merten