The Maquech Beetle is actually a live bejewelled insect. They are something of a fashion statement in Mexico. Gemstones and gold are glued on the beetle’s body in which sounds like a cruel process. The insects themselves are pretty harmless and docile, quite perfect to play the part of living jewellery. Each one has a decorative safety pin attached to it with a two-inch-long chain leash. When pinned to clothing, the beetles can wander around, but can never get away.