One last drink 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 little one is resting upon a multi layered Mexican sunflower and is finally almost home. Surrounded by leaves and mushrooms, she is in nature. Above her is a round sparkle infused orange sunstone and above that is a dendritic quartz that looks just as if live plants were dipped in stone and left to be admired forever within. The layers within the quartz flash rainbows when the sunlight is upon it. A beautifully clear stone. The hand pieced necklace chain is about 22 inches long and features two filigree leaves above the pendant within the chain design. The necklace was created in a way that you can adjust the necklace length to your desired size. If you would like to wear it higher or lower you simply hook the clasps shorter or longer on the necklace chain. It makes it so that you can wear this necklace with anything. The circular monarch pendant itself measures about 2.5 inches wide and 2 inches tall. Every single element of this necklace was made from scratch and by hand. No casting is ever used to create my one of a kind nature inspired designs that I craft for you.
One of a kind designs such as this monarch 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