• Jennifer Campbell

Butterfly Love and Victorians



Collecting actual butterflies didn't become a craze until the 19th century in Europe, when the Victorians became fascinated with natural history. Then it was quite common for amateur entomologists to run around with butterfly nets and preserve their catches in display cases. While this phenomenon helped scientists with species identification, it may have also led to the extinction of certain species.


During the Victorian Era, real butterfly wings, particularly those of species with a vibrant, iridescent blue color, were also delicately hand-painted and incorporated into lockets and charms. The shimmering cobalt could represent the ocean or the twilight sky in these miniature paintings. Eventually, butterflies were also encased in clear resin as paperweights and other items.


Victorians had a fascination with natural history. This manifested itself in various ways, not the least of which was in fashionable clothing and décor. A Victorian parlour, for example, might feature a scientific display of pinned butterflies. While insects, such as butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and grasshoppers, were often depicted in Victorian jewelry, with some insect brooches and hairpins set en tremblant (on a spring) so that the jeweled insect would tremble and shake as if it were actually alive.


I wanted to honor the Victorian’s love of butterflies by offering my Butterfly Collection on Sale for the month of January! Check it out. http://www.floriographyjewelry.com/the-butterflies-collection




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