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Butterfly Wing Jewellery



Jewellery which is made from insects dates back to ancient times, but one style which has remained popular to today is butterfly wing jewellery. First promoted during the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, Thomas Mott's butterfly wing jewellery exhibit is now credited with making butterfly jewellery a fashion rage.

 It's easy to recognize the beauty of a butterfly in nature. The colours are superb and everyone is drawn to these fluttering beauties. When it comes to butterfly wing jewellery, though, you may have walked right past a piece of jewellery made using this natural medium without giving it a second thought. That is one of the beauties of butterfly wing jewellery, it is subtle and yet so beautiful.


The wing is not the main feature


This type of jewellery is not instantly recognizable as being made from butterfly wings because the wing itself forms the background of the piece, not so much the main feature. The colour of the wings are often a vibrant blue, so it lends itself to a water or sky motif. Then, an artist may reverse paint the forefront of the scene to make the piece of jewellery that you are viewing.


Styles of Butterfly Wing Jewellery

Basically, there are three different types of vintage butterfly wing jewellery:


1. The first is jewellery that actually contains a whole butterfly. Jewellery like this is often found in a large pendant and is quite rare. It is among the oldest styles of this form of jewellery.

2. The second type is called "Morpho Butterfly Jewellery." It has scenes reverse painted on the glass or Lucite covering the butterfly wing. Common scenes are tropical, western, even people and animals.

3. The third style is Morpho Butterfly jewellery, which has not been altered in any way. The wing of the butterfly is set in jewellery so as to showcase its natural beauty.


Caring for Butterfly Jewelry

To care for butterfly wing jewelry, one of the most important factors is moisture. Never get butterfly jewelry wet as water can seep under the glass and destroy the bright blue color, turning it a dull purple. For this reason, ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended as a cleaning method. Just use a soft polishing cloth, such as a sunshine cloth to keep the metal and glass or lucite covering in good condition and you are all set.