This one of a kind leather butterfly necklace is part of my “Pollinator Prayer” series, in celebration of our declining pollinator species. This one was inspired by the Silvery Blue butterfly (AKA glaucopsyche lygdamus). The leather wings were hand cut and carved, then painted in iridescent hues of blue, silver and pearl. From some angles, the colors are subtle, but when the light catches it right, this piece has an incredible ethereal glow.
The butterfly’s body is comprised of a detailed Bali silver (9.25 silver) filigree, which has a glowing labradorite cabochon at the center. This is set atop a single blue kyanite spear. The neckline is strung with a host of chatoyant gemstones, with stunning play of light effects. These include labradorite, rainbow moonstone, iolite and grey moonstone. Also included are iridescent faceted crystals and tiny size 15/0 glass seed beads. The silver seed beads are “charlotte cuts” (cut with a single facet which adds subtle sparkle) that have been electroplated with sterling silver. The sterling silver clasp features a floral motif.
It features a princess length or sweetheart neckline, which means that it tapers down just at the base of the throat. The length is about 16.5″, and the drape is very flattering.