Butterfly wing pendant necklace, 'Cloudless Sulphur' (Costa Rica)

Costa Rica is home to butterfly nurseries that supply the chrysalises for butterfly habitats and gardens enjoyed around the world. Artisan Jos Pablo Angulo collects from the nurseries the wings of butterflies whose short life has ended naturally-the life span of a butterfly is only one to two weeks-and showcases them in beautiful jewelry. In this pendant necklace, the tip of a Cloudless Sulphur butterfly's yellow wing is capped in clear glass to both protect the wing and magnify its color and details. The round pendant is set in sterling silver and hangs from a sterling silver figaro chain.