Revisiting The MIni Papillon Earrings

Lately it has been all about butterflies over here at Daniella Kronfle Jewelry, so excuse me if I am repeating myself. My clients love the papillon collection so much, as do I, so it is usually these pieces that are the most coveted and the ones I get the most requests to write about. Here are my butterflies for a Wednesday morning, in an array of colors and gems, so enjoy!

When designing jewelry you have the freedom to do new and innovative things. At the same time, your creations have to also be both beautiful and functional, as they are made to be intimately worn. When I'm designing for the Daniella Kronfle woman, I look to many things like art and nature for inspiration. Everything that surrounds me has a meaning, and I like to play with that before I create something new.

Mini papillons in amethyst and diamonds

Gorgeous in orange sapphires

One motif that appears historically in art and jewelry, and consistently in my designs is the butterfly. Yes, it is a beautiful creature, but I love it because it is also one of nature's biggest holder of lore and mysticism. When I design a piece it has to not only be stunning, it also has to have meaning. The suggestion of transformation behind the butterfly is a very powerful theme, and one I love to design around.

A fabulous duo:
Maripositas in green tsavorite and orange sapphires

It was exactly that sort of transition or transformation that I was thinking of when I designed these elegant Papillon earrings. I loved them so much, that I did them in three different colors and gemstones. While the theme of transformation is universal for most women, a single color might not be. For my bevy of Papillons I chose the very popular tsavorite (green), pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, orange sapphires, amethyst,  black diamonds and blue sapphires. All are fabulous and versatile colors.  

Sexy in green tsavorite

For ages this natural wonder has symbolized faith, transition, resurrection lightness soul and celebration in many cultures. In China, a butterfly means a long life. In Japan they are symbolic of marital bliss, young love or young womanhood. Germans have a very cute myth for butterflies, as they are usually found fluttering about milk pails or butter (butterfly, get it?) churns. They associate them with witches or spirits coming to have some cream, while Greeks link butterflies directly to a person's soul.

Wonderful in yellow sapphires

Stunning in yellow and pink sapphires

Women in general go through many changes (teen years, college, motherhood), and I think that a butterfly amulet is the perfect accompaniment to any of them. These gorgeous and symbolic earrings are meant to encapsulate just that, the incredible power a woman has for transformation and change. I like to imagine that a gift like this can be symbolic of a change in someone's life, much like the little caterpillar's journey.

Mysterious in black diamonds

Pretty in pink sapphires

If you look closely you can see my whimsical design, which is my interpretation of a butterfly. I used diamonds for the body, because diamonds are always beautiful, and add value to a piece of jewelry. They also add powerful mythology and history, as diamonds have been known for centuries for their extraordinary strength. Most importantly they are associated with true love and eternal commitment. They are also said to bring courage and strength to the wearer, while bringing clarity and balance to the relationship.

Mellow in yellow sapphires
Classic in true blue sapphires

From caterpillar, to egg, to larvae to cocoon, the butterfly emerges with it's new, delicate wings, in full, unfurling glory. The energy it takes to change, and her acceptance of this change, is what is most amazing about this creature and why I like to include it in my designs.

Love Always
Dani K

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