Monday, December 18, 2017

Midcentury style lizard brooch.

Look closely to see the chameleon on the stylish coat. Critters have inspired baubles for centuries. At one point, people even skipped the jeweler entirely, and wore live lizards as brooches and hair ornaments.
In 1894, the New York Times reported that a booming trend in living jewelry had animal cruelty organizations concerned. Tiny lizards had been arriving from the South to fuel a fashion frenzy. Mostly women bought them, attached a chain to their necks and pinned them to a cushion or item of clothing. These lizards were marketed as “chameleons” that would change color to match a woman’s jacket or bodice..... just imagine. Much easier and more comfortable to go shopping at Esani Vintage.
(timeline.com).

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