Since its earliest unveiling back in the Roaring 20s, butterfly wing jewelry has captivated wearers and collectors alike, capturing and preserving for all time the bright hues and wild spirit of the butterfly in accessories.
A full century later, the earrings, pendants and other pieces hand-crafted from actual butterfly wings are as en vogue as they ever were. While some might be bent on tracking down those old relics, Whaler’s Locker offers timeless pieces in the modern-day, creating priceless and authentic butterfly wing jewelry that combines the original art form with the unique style of Hawaiian jewelry.
Authentic Butterfly Jewelry
Authentic butterfly wing jewelry and its ornate, striking appearance, seems never to go out of style. Giving the gift of our Hawaiian-inspired jewelry is passing along the warm and welcoming spirit of Aloha no matter where it’s worn.
Our butterfly wing designs are available in multiple sizes and shapes, all crafted to accentuate the natural wing designs of the butterfly as opposed to other traditional pieces using the wing as merely a backdrop color.
We have an estimated 1,150 different species of butterflies, or Lepidoptera, and moths fluttering around our islands, and our authentic Hawaiian jewelry is a chance to have that spirit with you every day.
All of our butterfly wing jewelry features the classic morpho blue butterfly wing in all of its authentic pendants and earrings, but many of our other items come in a rainbow of different natural wing colors from the islands’ other indigenous species. We collect all of our butterfly wings after the natural death of the insect.
Be True Blue With Our Butterfly Wing Slim Earrings
Butterfly wings were initially introduced as jewelry at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, and have since been crafted in numerous ways into charms, brooches, bracelets, earrings, and pendants. The first of such butterfly wing pieces were made from the South American Morpho butterfly, often found near the Amazon River. It was originally sought for its dramatic blue-and-black wings, which usually became the background for butterfly wing jewelry pieces.
The wings were eventually the cause of a metamorphosis into an entirely new genre of jewelry that is still alive and well in Hawaii to this day.
One trend that has spanned generations of butterfly wing jewelry enthusiasts is items that hold true to the originals – adorned with the classic morpho butterfly blue color scheme.
As with most of our authentic Hawaiian jewelry, we offer these slim-style earrings in the classic blue and black-and-blue color schemes. Each earring measures approximately 35mm x 15mm.
Shine Bright With a Diamond Style Butterfly Wing Pendant
The butterfly wings in all of our jewelry are set in high-quality acrylic and sterling silver. Because each one of our pieces features real butterfly wings, each one is truly unique, so yours could have a slightly different coloration or wing pattern than you see in our photos.
This diamond-shaped pendant is a true treasure of the Islands and a perfect gift or souvenir for anyone who appreciates authentic Hawaiian jewelry. There are four featured colors – blue, blue flash, sunset, and sage – in a pendant shaped to offer a great burst of natural color.
Go Big, Go Home With the XX Large Butterfly Wing Pendant
Some of the literature about the history of butterfly wing jewelry says many people have seen such jewelry without realizing it, as often the traditional blue morpho wing is either a sky or sea backdrop in a piece depicting a larger scene.
There is no mistaking the butterfly wing in our XX large butterfly wing pendant, which is a big blast of beautiful, natural butterfly color. At approximately 37mm x 54mm, it is our most significant butterfly wing jewelry piece and is offered in five brilliant hues – blue, black and blue, green, pearl, and sunset.
Give a Little Piece of Aloha With Small Butterfly Design Pendant
Hawaiian jewelry is rooted in the natural surroundings and the expression of the spirit of the Islands. It is the perfect setting for the art of metamorphosing native butterfly wings into lifelong heirlooms for visitors and permanent residents.
This great item comes in a small package bursting with colors and a classic butterfly shape. Our small butterfly design pendant also is made with authentic butterfly wings and is a little Hawaiian treasure is available in classic colors – blue, blue, and black, and blue flash. This pendant is approximately 27mm x 40mm, and embodies a big island spirit!
Make Their Jaws Drop With Butterfly Wing Drop Earrings
The older art deco pieces that are still around and sought by collectors today are links to the original unveiling in 1924.
According to multiple historical accounts, Thomas Mott’s original butterfly wing jewelry exhibit was credited with making butterfly wing jewelry a fashion rage at the time. In addition to the classic morpho, other sought-after species by jewelry makers have included the purple spotted swallowtail, sunset moth, common bluebottle, peacock, great orange tip, and the pearl morpho.
These classic drop-style earrings could be just the sort of vision Mott himself would have had when thinking of the future of such jewelry. The earrings are 35mm x 15mm and are currently available in three colors – blue, black and blue, and pearl and are quite possibly the gem of this collection of authentic Hawaiian jewelry. This unique form of art and jewelry offers a genuine connection to the natural world, its history, and the relationship between people and the creatures around them.
About Butterfly Jewelry
Our butterfly jewelry is very durable in its sterling silver and acrylic construction, and it will stay that way if protected against exposure to moisture, including perfumes and lotions.
In different cultures around the world, the butterfly represents a relationship to the human soul and also is a symbol of resurrection. No matter its meaning to you, or even if you love butterflies, butterfly wing jewelry gifts from Whaler’s Locker provide an instant, lifelong connection to the freedom and beauty of Hawaii.