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April 5, 2012

Beetlemania that we just didn't see coming - somehow

No, this post is not about blinged-out smart phones.

We begin with some reminiscing: it’s been a couple of years since we were on Mexico’s lovely shores basking in the Mayan sunlight and thinking about nothing much, really. And if we had been lying down sunning our white meat on the beach, surely we would have caught sight of a jewel-encrusted beetle sashaying our way- we can only imagine how those cut crystals reflect light.

Today we explore an interesting moment of a jewelry (?) trend Mexico: ‘wearing’ a bedazzled live beetle. Apparently this kind of beetle-dazzling has been going on for more than a century and while a revival brought back the look in the ’90s, we’re now again seeing many a Maquech Broach. The thing is back worst than an infestation.

Aside from the creeping crawly factor and PETA spokesperson Jaime Zalac stating that “Beetles may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies and kittens, but they have the same capacity to feel pain and suffer,” – well, we just don’t know what to make of this one.

Not that we’re really surprised by such an odd fashion statement- this is, after all, the country of curled-up boots:

And while we’re here, it seems like a good excuse as any to bring out an ’80s gem (below).

In these crazy, bizarre modern times when the ol’ BeDazzler is tricking out everything from acid wash denim jackets to your colleague’s nether region (amazing what people will post online), we readily admit to getting stud-y back in the day. And why not.

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