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 stainless steel bezel, and hangs from a silver plated or black enamel plated moon pendant. It contains the wing of a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
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 lifetime, and the colors will never fade! You will receive your jewelry in a beautiful gift box, complete with a description of the butterfly it contains.
The pendant hangs on a silver plated, gunmetal, 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 – 1.6″ (with moon)
Width – 1.5″ (approximately)
The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail can be found in North America east of the Rocky Mountains from Ontario south to the Gulf coast and northern Mexico. It lives in deciduous woods along streams, rivers and swamps.
The color of the eastern tiger swallowtail can vary. Males are yellow or yellow-orange with black tiger stripes. Their wings are bordered in black with yellow spots and there are black “tiger stripes” running across the top of their wings. Their long black tails have blue patches on them. Female colors can range from the yellow of the male to an almost solid bluish-black. Their wing span is 9-15cm.
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 lives in the sanctity of their farms or conservatories 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.