Taxidermy has its uses. I remember seeing a stuffed dodo at London's Natural History Museum and thinking that it was as close as I would ever be to a real extinct bird. I was also quite surprised how large it was.

But stuffed birds as jewelry? Chalk that one to yet another use of taxidermy you didn't know about. Art Duo Idiots have combined stuffed birds with embroidery, beads and pearls to make these vivid necklaces.

The Dutch artisans behind Art Duo Idiots are Afke Golstijn and Floris Bakker. How did they come up with their unusual use of animal material in jewelry and all sorts of design projects? It's "a contemporary touch is given to the classical memento mori concept." The Latin words memento mori means "remember your mortality". Now that is a powerful message indeed.

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