Real Whole Butterfly Necklace Blood Red Glider Cymothoe sangaris

Real Whole Butterfly Necklace Blood Red Glider Cymothoe sangaris

$148.00

Real Blood Red Glider (cymothoe sangaris) butterfly wings preserved into a whole butterfly formation with 14/20 gold. You will receive this exact necklace shown. It is 18", which can be customized upon request. 14/20 gold means the metal on this piece is 20% 14k gold that has been annealed over sterling silver.

Specimens are ethically sourced, helping to fund efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation. See our FAQ page to learn more about our process, where we get our wings, why we care about pollinator conservation, and how you can help!

About the Blood Red Glider, Cymothoe sangaris, Republic of Central Africa. Deep red with golden brown to black tones on the body side of the wing, and intricate subtle vein patterns. This species is distributed in the Afrotropical zone throughout forests. The adults spend most of their time on the canopy, but also seek out sunlit spots on the forest floor to feed on decaying vegetation. Some believe this species should be split into separate species based on morphological characteristics (mainly in females) and DNA research, with the new species specialized to one food plant. This new species are slightly more orange, and the larva feed exclusively on Rinorea plant species.

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Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the wings sourced from?

All specimens used have completed their life cycle and died of natural causes. Most specimens are purchased from conservation groups, educators, and pollinator organizations around the world, which funds efforts in butterfly repopulation and land conservation efforts. This not only helps the butterfly populations; it also allows us to use gorgeous exotic species! Donated and found specimens are also used in creating Isms art.

How do you preserve the wings?

All wing preservation is done by Holly Ulm. One of approximately 20 starting processes is used, depending on the reactions of the scales covering the wing. Regardless of process, each wing undergoes 12-25 steps from start to finish, and are treated as the individuals they are throughout. All wings undergo scale setting; color preservation (unaltered); initial hardening; at least 4 coats of jeweler's grade bio-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, opal, or amb

Can I donate a specimen?

Yes! Donated found insects are graciously accepted, and honored into art. If you're interested in donating specimens, or having your own specimens preserved into art, please send to: Isms P.O. Box 194 Nisswa, MN 56468

Do you sell wholesale and/or consignment?

Yes! For more information about selling Isms work in your fine establishment, please email: wholesale@findisms.com

Do you gift wrap?

Gift jars for jewelry are available through this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/109472462/gift-packaging-homemade-butterfly?ref=shop_home_active_71

Gift wrap for larger items coming soon!

Do you offer custom necklace lengths?

Although most items for sale are made in the most commonly requested lengths of 16-18", we welcome all body sizes the opportunity to wear our wings in a size that makes you feel gorgeous. Shorter and longer chain lengths may see price variances due to the amount of material used.

What about metal allergies/sensitivities?

All body chemistry is different. Isms strives to procure only the finest grade of metals, and all is lead-free. Surgical steel, sterling silver, sterling plated brass, brass, bronze, copper, and 14/20 yellow and rose gold are kept in stock. Solid golds, titanium, niobium, and other metals can be used on request, though it will take a tad longer. We can also custom-make jewelry that is metal-free for those with more severe allergies. Leather, silk, cotton, wool, hemp, sinew, and stone make nice alternatives.

How can I help pollinators?

-Learn about chemicals that are harmful to insects and pollinators.
-Plant indigenous host plants, and re-wild wherever possible.
-Many people enjoy fostering butterflies, moths, and other insects for release. If you choose to foster for release, please do your research!
-Get involved locally by helping to manage greenways.
-Get involved with Wild Ones, Monarch Watch, Xerxes Society, NAMBA, or other wildlife supporting groups.
-Participate in a butterfly count or another similar volunteer effort.

Thank you for your support of our efforts! Enough small ripples can make big waves of change! 10% of all profits are additionally donated to butterfly conservation

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