Papilio Thoas Butterfly ~ “Beautiful and graceful, butterflies lift our spirits with their loveliness and lyric flight” – Gloria B. Schlaepfer
Each butterfly is unique. We choose 11 species, over 4,000 of them, to preserve their beauty and understand the cycle of life. Our butterflies come from butterfly farms located in the Peruvian Amazon where native people collect the butterflies once they have completed their life cycle. In some villages in the Peruvian Amazon, collecting butterflies is a source of income for their local native people.
“Yolanda has been working with her butterfly collection for over ten years. At first she made every piece herself, but now she employs a team in Peru, her home country. “While we are working with the wings, we can not touch, in anyway. Because if you touch even a little bit with your hands it can be damaged.” She and her team use special tools to manipulate the delicate butterfly wings into jewelry, trapping them in resin and setting them in Sterling Silver to create a long-lasting and waterproof piece.
‘I was very close to my grandma, I grew up with her. When she passed away, I felt depressed for a long time. I didn’t want to do anything. One day I was walking downtown and I saw a butterfly – it caught my attention because that is unusual. Then on the second block I saw again the same butterfly around me.” Yolanda felt that butterfly was bringing her a message from her grandmother. “I felt her presence and understood her message about the cycle of rebirth, passion, freedom, live and love.’ “