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 silver plated pendant. It contains the wing of a Red Glider 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 finish 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 - 1" (with bail)
Width - 0.75" (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.*
Cymothoe sangaris, also known as the Red Glider, is a small African butterfly, named for the deep, velvet-red color on its topside. There are at least 72 different species of Cymothoe, and several other reddish species in the genus, but sangaris is decidedly the deepest colored one, varying from a brick-red to a dusty scarlet. This is a rainforest species, found at altitudes between about 100-700m. Eggs are laid on Rinorea, a common relative of the violet, on which the larvae feed. On sunny mornings males spend their time high in the tree tops. The canopy walkway at Kakum in Ghana provides great opportunities for observing the gorgeous orange-red males of mabillei and other Cymothoe species, as they glide in wide circles around the topmost branches, pausing now and then to bask on the upper foliage, or to nectar at arboreal flowers.
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.