One last rest until she gets to her overwintering home high in the mountains of Mexico. It has been a journey longer than she ever anticipated. About 8 months to get here. How could she have guessed? She had never done it before, yet everything in her body was urging her to make that journey to rest. Only the air currents and her beautiful wings are what got her here through so, so many obstacles. Nobody really knows how she does this. Could it be her antennae? Is there something within them that helps guide her generation here? Magnetic poles, air currents, the weather patterns? She doesn't know why and neither do humans. There is only one generation of butterflies, hers, that make that sometimes 3,000 mile trek from their summer home to only a few mountain sides in Mexico. After she has rested for the winter, she will fly a bit north to maybe Texas. There she will drink nectar, mate, lay eggs, and then complete her hard life. Her babies will hopefully hatch from the undersides of milkweed leaves shortly after. They will munch away until they are nice and fat, hide from the ants, birds, and spiders that want to fill their bellies with them, and hopefully earn the ability to turn into a chrysalis. When they are ready to fly off towards the north, they will only live about 6-8 weeks themselves. Each generation of monarch that is born after their relative overwintered in Mexico also has this shorter lifespan. The magical truth is that only the generation of butterflies that fly to Mexico are the ones granted longer life. About 8 months. The subspecies of monarch butterfly that live in North American (Danaus plexippus plexippus) are the only ones that not only make this migration every year, but have one generation that lives such long lives. No other monarch in the world does this!
This necklace is entirely made from scratch and one of a kind. She has a sister necklace, but they are both their own creature. The hand pieced necklace for this pedant is about 23 inches long. It was created in a way that ends in two clasps so that you can wear your necklace at the full length of 23 inches, or you can make it any length shorter so that you can wear it with anything. The monarch pendant part is about 2 inches wide, the dendritic agate stone including the monarch part is a total of about 3 inches tall. The sparkle of the bright orange sunstone is gorgeous above the butterfly and catches your eye. She is surrounded by mushrooms, flowers, and a fern where she is resting. The crystal clear dendritic agate is a sight to behold with its dark plumes of mineral that seem just as if a real plant was suspended in stone forever. Above the pendant are two handmade mushrooms within oval loops that blend in with the loop and circle pattern of the necklace. This necklace is made entirely from recycled sterling silver with only bits of copper on the monarch's wings.
Already completed one of a kind designs such as this monarch butterfly necklace will be packaged up sweetly and mailed off to you within 3-5 business days.
With the sale of this necklace, we will both be able to send a donation to help the monarchs with non-profit Xerces Society. 10% of the profits from this necklace will be donated to them in your name <3