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 butterfly wing has been delicately preserved and hangs from a bronze key pendant. It contains the upper and lower wing of a Monarch 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 permanently colored bronze chain. Please choose your preferred chain length from the drop down box. See the last picture for the chain size chart.
All of my products are lead free and nickel free.
Height - 3.25" (with bail)
Width - 1.1" (approximately)
*Every butterfly necklace will vary slightly by hue and pattern. Please message me if you'd like to see the exact pendant you will receive before you buy.*
Monarch butterflies, or Danaus plexippus, are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers). The insects must begin this journey each fall; ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long. Only monarchs born in late summer or early fall make the migration, and they make only one round trip. By the time next year's winter migration begins, several summer generations will have lived and died and it will be last year's migrators' great grandchildren that make the trip. Yet somehow these new generations know the way, and follow the same routes their ancestors took—sometimes even returning to the same tree.
Many scientists are concerned about the eastern population of monarchs, which summer east of the Rocky Mountains. This group is occurring in ever smaller numbers, and its survival may be threatened by a series of natural disasters in the Mexican wintering grounds, as well as by reduced acreage of milkweed plants in their North American summer home.
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.