There’s plenty of bling in the natural world

By Sarah Zielinski, 12:52 PM March 14, 2014

Humans have been obsessed with jewels and precious metals for thousands of years. (We seem to really like shiny objects, unlike crows.) We’ve gotten good at mimicking gems like diamonds and rubies in glass and crystal, and metallic paints look nearly realistic these days. But nature has long had us beat — if you know where to look, you can find living plants and animals that appear to have been made of gold or silver or gems. Here are a few of my favorites:

Gold and silver beetles

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