Some people become terrified and feel disgusted whenever they see beetles, but the Mexicans overcame this fear, and decorated live beetles with gold and gemstones.
This type of fashion accessories existed from the 80’s, as the jewel-studded beetle were created due to an Ancient Mayan folklore.
The story tells of a Mayan princess who was not allowed to marry the true love of her life. Hence, she was completely devastated and could no longer eat or drink.
As the princess was willing to do anything to be with her one and only lover, she sought out a medicine man who transformed her into a Maquech beetle, so that she could be pinned near the heart of her lover for as long as she lived.
This love tale established the tradition of wearing Maquech beetle brooches, as men from some Mexican cultures give women beautifully decorated beetle brooches, as a symbol of their undying love.
However, this phenomenon was firmly rejected by animal rights organizations, because these jewelry are affixed to the insect’s wings and its body was attached to a 4 inch gold chain so the beetle don’t venture too far away.
Thus, animal rights groups consider this an inhuman behavior, as it makes the insect suffer a severe pain as well as confining its freedom, gifted by God.
Notably, the lifespan of the jewel-studded beetle ranges from 3 to 4 years if it is well taken care of. As for the price, is about 500 dollars only.
Contributed by Omnia Ahmed