So…would you pay someone to painstakingly sew beetle wings on your best dress? Well, a whole lot of Victorian women did just that.
Wing cases from Jewel Beetles are naturally a rich, iridescent blue-green. The beetles shed them naturally throughout their lives, which makes for a perfect renewable resource. Clothing and accessories decorated with beetle wing embroidery became a major export item from British India and were extremely fashionable during the Victorian period.
Just imagine the glow under candlelight.
Jewel Beetle wing cases can still be purchased today – just in case you’re inspired.