Real Graphium weiskei Hind Wing Earrings With Options

$54.00




This pair of REAL Graphium weiskei butterfly wings has been hand-preserved into your choice of earring style. All wings are from, and their purchase further funds conservation efforts. Wing colors, and sizes vary as shown.

Options:
JUST THE WINGS: for those looking to create their own design from the preserved wing, or to mix up the look by using the wings as earring jackets paired with studs from your jewelry box. A standard 1/16" hole is included for your creations. Custom size and placement of holes is available upon request.

STEEL: All choices are hypoallergenic surgical steel.

SILVER: All choices are USA sourced .925 sterling silver.

GOLD & ROSE GOLD: All gold choices are 14/20 gold. This means 20% of the metal (surface) is 14k gold that has been annealed over sterling silver. Solid gold options are available upon custom request.

GIFT JAR: Add the perfect gift packaging. Gift Jar price includes additional shipping charges.

*Requests for specific hues, sizes, and custom work are welcome. Beadwork is available upon custom request at varying prices.

Wing Preservation Process:
All wing preservation is done collaboratively by Holly Ulm and Greg Sisco. One of 20 starting processes is used, depending on the reactions of the scales covering the wing. All wings undergo scale setting; color preservation (unaltered); initial hardening; at least 4 coats of jeweler's grade epoxy; sanding/sculpting; and finishing. This takes approximately 2 weeks, and renders the wing waterproof, prismatic (in full sun or under a full-spectrum light bulb), non-toxic, and lightweight. The wings are hardened, yet the edges are hand tapered to a perfect finish with similar durability and care as eyeglass lenses. The formulas, tools, and methods used have been custom tailored to suit this proprietary process. No casts or molds.

Butterfly Sourcing:
Our butterflies are purchased from conservation groups around the world, which funds efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation. This not only helps the butterfly populations, it also allows us to use gorgeous exotic species. We also preserve donated specimens.

Ways to Help Butterflies:
Butterflies are important pollinators, and their numbers have dropped through the decades. There are many resources online for specifics on helping them thrive. Here are a few of our own:
- Plant native host and food plants for local butterfly and moth species.
- Foster wild-found caterpillars for release. Be sure to learn about caterpillar identification, cleanliness, containers, water, chrysalis/cocoon development, and feeding before getting started.
- Contact local road departments, and collect caterpillars to foster for release before they mow area ditches.
- Get educated about pesticides, and eliminate the use of those that also harm helpers in the food chain.
- Get involved with Wild Ones, Monarch Watch, Xerxes Society, NAMBA, or other wildlife supporting groups.
- Participate in a butterfly count, or other similar volunteer effort.

10% of all profits are additionally donated to butterfly conservation. Thank-you for your support.

Shipping from United States

Expect fast turn around times through the USPS. Special shipping services available upon request.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase

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