1920s Czechoslovakian Glass Beetle Vintage Earrings

These stylish and fascinating earrings feature molded glass beetles. They are for pierced ears. 

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The Details...

These earrings, although unmarked, are most likely silver. They are set with Tortoise Beetles created from pressed glass. These are mounted in an open-back setting so that the reverse of the 'beetle' can be seen. The underside of their bodies have even been pressed in glass in a truly life-like way. They feature hooks and so are for pierced ears. These earrings measure 2.5cm x 1.25cm. 

A Short History...

Preserved and dried real insects were incorporated into jewellery designs from the Victorian era through to the 1920s. Creatures that were especially popular were those that posessed iridescent properties, such as butterflies and the tortoise beetles. Tortoise beetles met the fashion for the Egyptian Revival of the Victorian and Art Deco eras as they resembled scarab beetles. However, they were highly prized and expensive, which saw Czechoslovakian manufacturers creating them from molded glass. 

Wear it With...

Pair these earrings with denim for a quirky twist to a casual look.