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When In Doubt – Dung

Posted by learntobead on December 11, 2009

When In Doubt – Dung

People can always create fascinating jewelry from unusual materials.    We get that all the time from entrants for The Ugly Necklace Contest we sponsor.   But it’s less usual to find these things in public.

When I read the short article below in one of my magazines, I thought I’d share:

A Novel Form of Jewelry at Ilinois Zoo

Sparkly reindeer-dung necklaces are going on sale at an Illinois zoo that hopes to attract the same holiday shoppers who swept up its dung Christmas ornaments last year. The limited-edition Magical Reindeer Gem necklaces are on sale at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL.

The $15 pendant necklaces contain dried, sterilized reindeer droppings sprayed with glitter on a beaded chain. They are available at the zoo’s gift shop, or by mail for $20.

The ornaments are back, and 450 have already sold this season. About 1,500 are still available for $7.50, or $10 by mail.

Miller Park Zoological Society spokeswoman Susie Ohley admits it’s a bit silly but estimates the zoo could make $16,500. The zoo lost $200,000 under city budget cuts this year.

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