A butterfly is a day-flying insect of the Order Lepidoptera. This order includes the butterflies as well as the moths. Most butterflies have a life cycle consisting of 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The earliest known butterfly fossils date to the mid Eocene epoch, between 40–50 million years ago.
There are between 15,000 and 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide.
Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.
Beautiful images of butterflies can often be found on fabrics of all kinds. Their image has been used as everything from pins to hat decoration.
In case you do not know, the average butterfly only lives between one week to a month.
The length of time is dependent upon the size of the butterfly and environmental factors like predators (birds, insects, etc).
Today we focus on a truly intriguing concept – harnessing the REAL butterfly for necklaces and brooches.
New Zealand designer Lisa Black of Gilded Butterflies
Here are some of her beautiful pieces:
These wonderful necklaces can close just like a butterfly wing
in flight because of the hinge she uses on each design.
The butterfly wing peeks through the decorative cuts made into the bamboo.
These wings are also used to make brooches and rosaries.
Lisa sums up the design process:
“All pieces are hand made in New Zealand using real butterflies and are protected and sealed by hand applied resin and mounted on sustainable bamboo.
Gilded Butterflies are sourced from purpose built tropical butterfly farms, resulting in an ecologically sound process that provides both income for remote communities and growth in the overall butterfly population. We refuse to use rare, endangered, or trade restricted butterflies.”
We find the pieces beautiful, and the fact that she is harnessing nature without truly harming it is even more beautiful.
Expect to pay around $199 for the butterfly necklaces, $119 for a rosary, and $99 for a brooch.
She also offers free international shipping!