These shimmering monarch butterfly wing earrings were handcrafted using leather, wire, and semiprecious stones. I started with scraps of tooling leather, which were hand cut, carved and painted in shimmering orange with black accents. Next I wire wrapped the wings, and accented them with vintage Baltic amber beads, rainbow obsidian, and ornate brass filigrees.
The wings dangle from black niobium shepherd’s hook earwires, which are supposed to be great for those with metal allergies. The earrings measure about 3″ total, and they should hang about 2.5″ from the base of the earlobe. They have great movement, and they’ll swing beautifully as you move.
As you can see from the photos, I also have a butterfly necklace in these same tones. It’s sold separately, though they’d certainly make a nice set! I can see these being very well received by a gardener or nature lover.
Butterflies are a recurrent theme in my work – partly because they’re beautiful, partly because I love their symbolism of transformation. Another reason that butterflies appear in my work is that our pollinator species are declining; my butterfly jewelry serves as a symbol of hope and prayer that these creatures will survive and even thrive.
These pieces are intended to be beautiful as well as spiritual – I hope that when you wear them, you’ll be reminded of how important our pollinator species are, and that this reminder will inspire you to make choices that will help their survival. When people notice and comment on your earrings (and they will!) I hope you’ll tell them about the inspiration behind them. In this way, we can raise awareness and support for our beautiful – and invaluable – pollinator species.