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Parure by Phillips of Cockspur Street made of beetle shells. The fashion for adorning clothes and jewelry with real insects was popularised during the mid-19th c. Necklace, earrings, tiara.

Founders of the Taos Society of Artists at the Couse house, ca. 1915: Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest L. Blumenschein, W. Herbert (Buck) Dunton, E...

When Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, a strong Egyptian revival took place in Europe. Here is a stunning brooch from the 1920s. This 9 carat gold scarab brooch has a delicate gold frame. Pink garnet eyes encase a real scarab shell. The back has a fine design with thin gold ropes of backwings held in the middle by a tiny gold flower. A safety chain and pin attach the gold head securely to fabric. The gold loop on head enables you to wear it as a pendant. This brooch is so strangely…

Gemmeus regency scarab beetle tiara. This tiara was a commission for a wedding and was based on the parure set made by Philips of Cockspur Street. London in around 1884/1885. This was created in copper and 22ct gold plating set with oval scarab beetles and peacock pearls.

A fine mid 19th century archaeological revival gold, garnet and enamel demi-parure, by Robert Phillips, circa 1865 The necklace designed as a fringe of oval garnet cabochons alternating with smaller batons decorated with black enamel, suspended from a woven gold chain, the bangle with central band enamelled with continuous oval motifs in blue and white enamel and gold bead and wirework decoration, between courses of oval cabochon garnet spokes, the pair of pendent earrings en suite

The Archaeology of a Dress. A dress decorated with 1,000 real beetle wings is set to go back on display following 1,300 hours of conservation work. A stage costume worn by Ellen Terry, one of the most celebrated and glamorous actresses of the Victorian age. The emerald and sea green gown, covered with the iridescent wings of the jewel beetle (which they shed naturally), was worn by Ellen when she thrilled audiences with her portrayal of Lady Macbeth at London's Lyceum Theatre in 1888.

Another closeup pin of the Phillips beetle tiara and parure. lady Granville's iridescent beetles parure circa 1884 or 1885. Made from beetles from south america. Lord Granville had the parure made from the beetle's which were a gift from the Portugese Ambassador who was trying to secure a trade treaty concerning the Congo river basin. Lord Granville was foreign secretary at that time.