Butterfly Necklace

Katie/The (Former) Butterfly Girl, this one is for you. Maybe.
But then again, maybe you shouldn’t read it as I’m certain butterflies were harmed in (the events leading up to) its making.
I am adding the following to the list of horrible things that haunt me of late:

This necklace by Aurelie Biedermann for Jason Wu is
made from actual butterflies encapsulated in gold.
When was the last time you saw a dead butterfly just lying on the ground?

12 thoughts on “Butterfly Necklace

  1. Not that I've given much thought to this, but I'd guess that the butterflies were dead before they were covered with gold. It seems like if hot gold was poured on them, they might not be lying flat and perfect.And also, if I didn't mention it before – eiww.

  2. I used to make those pinned butterfly specimens you see. We made ours from butterflies that died naturally in the conservatory, but most of the commercial ones are made from butterflies killed right after they emerge from their chyrsalids (so the wings are all pretty).I used to laugh every time I'd prepare a specimen, though, because the steps are: 1) Relax the butterfly, 2) Spread the butterfly, and 3) Pin the butterfly. So dirty sounding!

  3. Not that I've given much thought to this, but I'd guess that the butterflies were dead before they were covered with gold. It seems like if hot gold was poured on them, they might not be lying flat and perfect.And also, if I didn't mention it before – eiww.

  4. Also, Anne, I know, right? And HOW did they get to be so perfectly preserved? I can't help wondering/worrying that they were alive and then hot gold was poured onto them somehow.

  5. To be clear: I, too, am totally creeped out by this necklace for all of the reasons you list, and because I don't want to know how they "source" their butterflies. At least when I wear leather, I assume (or hope really hard) that the cow didn't die just so I could have boots. A butterfly necklace offers no such comfort.

  6. That's pretty creepy, although Cynthia does bring up a good point about leather. But it just doesn't feel as weird to me to wear leather boots as it would to have a ring of dead insects around my neck. I think what really gives me the creeps about this necklace is that the butterflies are so perfectly preserved.

  7. That's beautiful but I'm not sure I could wear it knowing there are actually dead butterflies inside there. Which is totally stupid because I wear leather shoes. I was in Paxton Gate and SF and they had beautiful butterfly specimen boxes that would have looked so lovely on a wall but those kind of perturb me too for some reason.

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