Butterfly Wing Jewelry
Are you shopping for a birthday present? Something special for a friend? Or do you just love Butterflies LIVE! and want another way to appreciate butterfly beauty? Look no further. The Garden Shop now features butterfly wing jewelry perfect for expressing your love for a friend or for the Garden. Each butterfly jewel is unique, made from the wings of one of nature’s own gems, but only after they have lived out their natural lives in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Each piece is a work of art and captures the splendor of nature in the form of pendants and earrings.
Exquisite Detail from Real Butterfly Wings
Butterflies usually live several weeks to several months in the wild (depending on the type) and typically live longer in our exhibit where there are no predators. What better way to honor their short life, than to recycle their beautiful wings into something we can continue to enjoy. Of course no butterflies are harmed in making the jewelry. Creator of these pieces and founder of Lonely Pine Jewelry, Melody Milleker says, “…specimens used in Lonely Pine pieces are found naturally and ethically sourced.”
Once a butterfly’s life-cycle is complete, fallen wings are simply collected by Elliott Phillips, one of the Garden’s butterfly curators, so they can be preserved in resin. Milleker then partners with the Garden Shop to develop her nature-based jewelry, recycling the delicate wings of the butterflies that lived out their natural life in the exhibit. This way, nature and butterfly lovers alike can enjoy the winged beauty even after the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit closes for the season.
Whether you are looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend, or a way to express your own love of nature, be sure to consider the Garden’s butterfly wing jewelry. Each handcrafted piece has its own individual beauty. You may even find that one is simply not enough, starting your very own collection of butterfly jewelry.