A pave set diamond necklace with a pair of 19th century butterflies with demantoid garnet accents, mounted in platinum and gold, carry two faint brown pear-shaped diamonds weighing 5.17 carats and 3.09 carats.

Because of its metamorphic life cycle, the butterfly is the archetypal symbol of transformation and mystical rebirth. The creature’s grace and beauty make it an emblem of the woman in Japan, where two butterflies dancing together symbolise marital happiness; in China it is associated with the pleasure of life and high spirits.

Butterflies often appear in literature with romantic references. In John Keats poem, Bright Star; Love letters to Fanny, Browne says ‘I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’ d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.’

Whilst in the Little Prince, Antoine de Saint- Exupery muses, ‘Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.’

In Victorian times the butterfly was fashionable with jewellers and according to the Illustrated London News (1887) ‘Married ladies seem to be returning to the old fashion for lace lappets which are fastened with diamond butterflies.’

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