Butterflies are delicate creatures that remind us humans of the magic hidden in nature: of metamorphosis and of how the natural balance of life can be quite fragile. Collecting butterflies used to be quite a pastime, but now it's something the young can't really indulge in, for obvious reasons of environmental conservation, and an emerging awareness of how human actions can impact wildlife populations around the world.
But not all is lost. The fabulous imitation butterfly jewelry by Turkish designer Derya Aksoy shows that we can still love and honour our butterflies, without having to capture or kill potentially threatened butterfly species.
Using light-as-a-butterfly-wing organza and silk, Aksoy creates ephemeral and stunning accessories that look like the real thing -- emulating various species from luna moths, tiger swallowtails, monarchs to dragonflies.
To do this, Aksoy uses an artist's medium to transfer images of real butterfly wings onto fabric, preserving the authenticity of what actual wing patterns look like, without having to collect or use real wings -- a brilliant alternative.
Aksoy's collection includes a wide range of items, from cascading necklaces, to lightweight earrings, to bracelets, anklets and lovely headbands. All are so light that they do flutter in the wind, adding to that "real" feeling that a butterfly has landed on you.
Colourful and delicate, Aksoy's craftmanship and creativity allows us to momentarily indulge in the fairy-like beauty of butterflies, without harming a single one. Derya Aksoy's enchanting jewelry is available via her Etsy store, Jewelera, and can now be found in Anthropologie stores in the US; check out her Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram.
In the meantime, to give butterflies a boost, consider planting some milkweed (you can even earn some money from this!), not using neonicotinoid-based pesticides, building a butterfly house or joining or starting a butterfly conservation group -- small acts put together make a huge difference.