I didn't type the title wrong. I really meant grouse and perhaps to some...gross! Back in the Victorian days, animal jewelry was quite the rage even though we think of it as being bizarre. Conservation and protecting the wildlife was not a concern and hunting trophies from expeditions were made into elaborate jewelry. The grouse claw above was a favorite often set with a large jewel as well as a ring placed on one of the talons.
Another very collectible was the otter paw or even a boar's tooth mounted as a pendant.
One of my favorites are the scarab beetles.
The Brazilian scarab beetle carcass is exquisite with a bumpy texture and a vivid iridescent green. A true find!
Although gross to you and me, the history is fascinating!
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