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The oddest material I have seen used for jewelry is in Alaska, where some jewelers would sell (and I am not making this up, just reporting an observation) gold-painted moose droppings. They are small so they are strung as a necklace. Tourists loved them and most were appalled or couldn’t stop laughing as they bought several for gifts, Hey, its Alaska! (Frankly, I am jealous … just think of the mark-up!)? 
 
MIKE K., 
BOW, WA

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