One of my most favorite animals are monarch butterflies. They have a lot of love surrounding them for me because they are important to my daughter. There were many, many years that she would spend walking around our yard looking for tiny, freshly laid, and vulnerable monarch eggs on the undersides of milkweed plants. She would often be able to tell if a monarch was male or female just by the plants that it visited because she knew that females only laid their eggs on plants within the Asclepias family. This was before she was even able to see their wing patterns up close! We purposely have little wild areas of our property so that we can grow milkweed and wildflowers for these animals. They need this help because there are so few wild places left, and even some places in the country where it is forbidden to plant milkweed because it is thought to be an invasive!
This monarch was based off of a photograph of a female that my daughter helped to raise to adulthood. I copied her patterns from a photo on my studio wall. You look at the wing patterns to determine if a monarch is male or female. The males have what we call "saddles" at the bottom of their bottom most wing pattern and are only slightly different from females. It does take a trained eye to be able to differentiate between the two sexes. One of the most visited of flowers in our garden by the butterflies is the purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, so I recreated that from recycled sterling silver for her to forever perch on. I even gave this girl a tiny twisted tongue so that she can drink from her claimed flower. Normally the centers of these flowers are very spiky with seeds but I made sure that this flower's center was soft and bright. The outstretched petals of the flower are jagged at the ends, veined, and twisted and turned just as the real flowers are. This multi layer piece is 2.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall.
The necklace chain is handmade and hand pieced in several designs making one beautifully gathered pattern. Little swirly S links hold onto larger ovals and small circles and end with a large soldered S with one end movable so that you can loop the necklace off and on easily but keeps it safe. The necklace is 24 inches long but because of the way that I made it, you could clip the S hook onto another link and wear it a bit shorter if you preferred.
This piece is one of a kind and sure to be something that you will wear forever. A necklace that was born from the love of pollinators. Those that need us as much as we need them.
Be sure to see the matching ring here!
Each of my pieces comes to you in a sweetly decorated gift box making them perfect for gift giving or as a nice surprise for yourself.