Exquisite Ruby & Pearl Butterfly Flits Along with Keshi Pearls & Tourmaline

SKU: 2169
    • This very beautiful vintage French butterfly, which looks like it has been made of delicate stained glass, is composed of what is known as plique-a-jour enamel. The translation from the French means “letting in daylight”. It is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied to cells, similar to cloisonne but without a backing, so that the light can shine through the transparent enamel. In effect, it is a miniature stained glass. It is a challenging technique with a high failure rate.

    • This finely crafted butterfly has flown to success. It is enriched by ruby eyes and wing details. Its body is made of fine marcasite and its face is a cultured white pearl. The actual frame of the butterfly is of sterling silver, marked 925, the continental silver mark. It measures 5.5cm (2.5”) across and 5cm (2”) high.

    • The butterfly represents beauty, love, affection, rebirth and immortality.

    • The necklace itself is made of a flutter of white, cultured keshi pearls (12mm) interspersed with peridot(10mm) and pink tourmaline slivers, echoing the colours of the plique-a-jour butterfly.

    • A handsome, sterling silver toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.

    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

    • The necklace is 42cm (16.5”) long with a 6cm (2.5”) pendant drop.