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In the 1850s, wealthy women of Wilmington wore fire beetles on their clothes for formal evening occasions. Emitting a beautiful greenish light at the base and reddish light at the abdomen, fire beetles were sold at about twenty-five cents a dozen. The beetles required food, twice daily baths, and were kept in tiny cages. The bugs are native to tropical North and South America.
Researchers at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina examined the jewelry styles prevalent in the Chesapeake during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. Portraits of Chesapeake ladies reveal significant information about the most personal aspects of material wealth and culture, and the use of jewelry in economic and social structure.