Art Deco Sterling + Genuine Butterfly Wing Earrings
Thomas L. Mott (also known by "TLM") was an English jewelry maker during the 1870s, and is known for popularizing natural butterfly wing jewelry. A surge in the demand for butterfly wing jewelry rose in the 1920s after a collection of pieces were shown at the 1924 British Exposition. In addition to his butterfly pieces, Mott also produced jewelry with colorful island-influenced motifs during the 1960s and 1970s.
A gorgeous pair of real butterfly wing earrings from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! These lovely earrings are crafted in sterling silver and hang from a delicate floral toppers. Dangling freely at the base of each earring is a round link, which is covered with a genuine butterfly wing preserved behind glass. The butterfly wings have vivid blue and peacock green colors and display remarkable iridescent properties, causing the surface to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. Completing the design is an embossed pattern around the bezel, and delicate beadwork along the surmount. The earrings hang from simple 9kt gold wires, framing the face beautifully when worn. A gorgeous and natural design, these unusual earrings would make a colorful everyday accessory!
Measurements: The earrings hang 1 3/8" long (including the wires at the top). The round butterfly links themselves measure approximately 1/2" in diameter and are a little more than 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or butterfly wings, which are well-preserved behind their glass frames. The earring wires are secure and in good condition. There is a natural darkened patina on the surface of the setting, which is normal given its age, and adds beauty and depth to the design.