The Painted Lady Bracelet
This listing is for a OOAK Painted Lady Butterfly Wing Bracelet.
Created out of three sterling silver bands, two half round wires edge the bracelet with a central roped wire band. Showcased in the center in a fine silver bezel is a glass cabochon atop a naturally found piece of butterfly wing belonging to a Painted Lady butterfly. A small beaded wire circles the wing, and the side is adorned with a leaf and a morning glory flower, that are found all over New Orleans landscapes. The whole bracelet was then given a light patina to give it a more antiqued look and higher contrast, and then given an lavender oil and wax coating to keep it in place and satisfy the senses.
Butterflies have often been said to be a symbol of transformation, of letting go of the old and embracing the new.
I consider this bracelet a totem for growth and renewal, and hope the wearer will feel like it showcases their positive steps towards their new journey.
DetailsThis bracelet measures 5 3/4" long, and 3/4" tall. It was built with 10g sterling silver half round wire bands. The 'moth wing stone' measures 3/4" across.
As a side note, due to the natural and delicate nature of the wing it is not recommended to wear this bracelet underwater. Without thinking I have worn mine swimming and it was set completely air tight and there were no issues, however it is always wise to not press ones luck and allow delicate and treasured pieces to receive only minimal time in the elements.
The Southwestern Swamp Collection is an ode to the nature and mindset that inspires and drives me. In the simplest terms, an utter and most important connection to the environment around you. I have made myself a home in the swamp lands in New Orleans, Louisiana. Even in the city, nature is reclaiming what man has built, and we are constantly reminded by buildings overgrown in green vines, walls of cemetery tombs with ferns creeping out from every crack. Nature has been before us, and will continue after us. This collection is inspired by a culture who has always been aware of our connection to nature, as well as the nature I've chosen to call home. As with all of my jewelry, from day one until I cease to create, I work with as much found natural material as possible. Whether its disregarded oyster shells (Louisiana's state gemstone), or using impressions of dried fern leaves or naturally shed snakeskin found in the swamp. The only stones from this collection that have been purchased (as will any piece purchased as the collection grows in size) have been locally, from the area where these Louisiana stones are most often found, from family run shops. Support for my environment is the most important principle. That being said, a donation will be made to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve from any pieces sold from this collection at the end of each month.