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Butterfly Effect
Jewelry Trends


Every fall, Monarch butterflies return to Michoacan, Mexico, covering the trees with fluttering orange and black wings. Butterflies return regularly to jewelry cases, too. The delicate insect that symbolizes the soul, psyche in Ancient Greek, is a beloved motif for designers and customers alike. The butterfly designs that have returned in large numbers this year are particularly spectacular specimens. Some have wings made out of carved gemstones or, in the case of La Reina, flat fancy diamonds. Large three-dimensional rings and brooches with upraised wings are bound to attract collectors. — Cheryl Kremkow


Rock crystal pendant in 18k gold with sapphire-winged butterflies
Rock crystal pendant in 18k gold with sapphire-winged butterflies from Temple St. Clair, (212) 219-8664.
yellow diamond winged butterfly
Fancy yellow diamond winged butterfly from the “Art du Jour” collection by Samir Bhansali for La Reina, (213) 623-8482.
Carved blue topaz, citrine, and 18k gold butterfly rings
Carved blue topaz, citrine, and 18k gold butterfly rings by Giovanni Ferraris, (39) (0131) 233-075.
Butterfly 18k gold ring with chocolate diamonds
Butterfly 18k gold ring with chocolate diamonds by Elyssa Bass, suggested retail $9,965, (212) 967-3279.