Art Deco Sterling Real Butterfly Wing Teardrop Earrings
Thomas L. Mott (also known by "TLM") was an English jewelry maker during the 1870s, and is known for popularizing natural butterfly wing jewelry. A surge in the demand for butterfly wing jewelry rose in the 1920s after a collection of pieces were shown at the 1924 British Exposition. In addition to his butterfly pieces, Mott also produced jewelry with colorful island-influenced motifs during the 1960s and 1970s.
A gorgeous pair of real butterfly wing earrings from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! These stunning teardrop earrings are crafted in sterling silver, and hang from simple wires at the top. Covering the front of each link is a genuine butterfly wing preserved behind glass. The wings display vivid blue and peacock green colors, and have remarkable iridescent properties, causing the surface to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. Surrounding each wing is a decorative border with lovely embossed detail, the perfect finishing touch! When worn, the earrings swing with attractive movement, hanging from a short strand of chain below the wires. Stamped on the back of each earring is a "SILVER" purity mark. A beautiful natural design, they would make a gorgeous and colorful everyday accessory!
Measurements: The earrings hang 2 1/8" long (including the wires at the top). The teardrop links themselves measure 1 3/8" tall, 5/8" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or butterfly wings, which are well-preserved behind their glass frames. The earring wires are securely attached and in good condition.