This incredible, real butterfly wing necklace will be a beautiful addition to anyone's jewelry collection. It makes a great conversation piece, since buying expired butterflies supports their region's ecosystem.
The wing has been delicately preserved in a glass bezel, and hangs from a silver plated pendant. It contains the wing of an 88 Butterfly.
No butterflies were ever harmed in the making of my jewelry. The butterfly wing has been preserved under glass, and is guaranteed to last a life time, and the colors will never fade!
The pendant hangs on a silver plated, or sterling silver chain. Please choose your preferred chain length and color from the drop down boxes. See the last picture for the chain size chart.
All of my products are lead free and nickel free.
Height - 0.7" (with bail)
Width - 0.4" (approximately)
*Every 88 butterfly necklace will vary slightly by vibrancy and pattern. Please message me if you'd like to see the exact pendant you will receive before you buy.*
The genus Diaethria is confined to Central and South America - 3 species are found in Mexico while the remainder are widely distributed across the Amazon and Andes. The butterflies often frequent human dwellings, and are considered a sign of good luck by some communities.
The 89 or 88 numerals which appear on the underside hindwings of clymena are present in all 12 of the Diaethria species but vary in color, thickness and shape. In clymena the lines are quite thick, and the markings often form an '88' figure, while in others such as neglecta and euclides they are thin and form an '89'. There are 13 named subspecies distributed variously from Nicaragua to Brazil.
This species occurs at elevations between sea level and about 2000m, in rainforest and cloud-forest habitats where the larval food plants Trema ( Ulmaceae ) grow. They are very active butterflies, easily disturbed, and rarely settle for more than a few seconds at a time in one spot, but they will return repeatedly to the same patch of ground.
Butterflies provide symbolism for times of growth, transformation, change and letting go. They help with gaining perspective, clearing up boundary issues, bringing peace, clarity and focus. They are meant to get us in touch with a deeper guidance and meaning within ourselves and the world around us. They allow the scattered and dispersed social butterflies among us to come back to their center and focus.
THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT
These butterflies come from butterfly farms & ranching projects from all over the world (mainly South America, Africa and South East Asia). These farms provide the natives of the countries with an excellent source of income and prevent them from destroying the rain forest to clear land for cattle raising, logging etc. In the wild, only a very small percentage (about 5%) of butterfly eggs survive to adulthood. Butterfly farms have much higher survival rates, approximately 80%. Most of the less colorful female butterflies hatched on farms are released into the wild to lay more eggs in a rain forest that would have been destroyed years ago if not for the protection of the farms. So collecting butterflies actually saves butterflies & the rain forest!
All of my butterflies were allowed to live their entire life in the sanctity of their farm and collected for distribution after they passed. In this way, I am able to present this beautiful, unique jewelry to you!
CARE AND CLEANING
As with all jewelry, avoid spraying with perfumes, or coming into direct contact with lotions or make-ups. Remove jewelry before bathing or swimming. If the necklace needs to be cleaned, gently wipe it off with a baby wipe and use a Q-tip for the small crevices. Allow to dry completely before wearing. If your jewelry tarnishes, clean it with some lemon juice and a toothbrush and dry with a paper towel.