About the pendant
Commonly known as the Sunset Moth, the Urania Chrysiridia Ripheus is actually a day flying moth that mimics butterflies to ward of predators. The wing gets its iridescent colours from light refraction caused by light bouncing off tiny scales on the surface of the wing.
A cluster pendant made up of two parts:
- a real single butterfly wing encased in glass and set in a sterling silver frame
- a sterling silver ‘skeleton’ butterfly wing
The two parts can be worn together or separately, depending on the occasion. Both sides of the wing are visible and the back is completely different to the front.
The side of the Sterling Silver frame is engraved with the year of manufacture, making it the perfect gift for a special occasion.
Where do the butterflies come from
The butterflies are sourced from an organisation that manages conservation programs all over the world. Agricultural development has caused the natural habitat of a lot of butterfly species to become threatened, and their populations started dwindling. Conservation programs were therefore started to enable farmers from third world countries to keep the rain forests on their land intact, while still providing a livelihood that paid better than monocultural crops. The breeding program enables thousands of butterflies to be bred sustainably. A small portion of the butterflies are caught and sold, and the money generated from the sales ensures that the tropical forests, which are vital to their survival, are preserved. Click here to learn more.
The Symbolism of butterflies
Overwhelmingly, cultural myth and lore honour the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. This truly special piece of jewellery will metamorphose into an heirloom, causing hearts to alight generation after generation.