Late Art Deco Sterling Real Butterfly Wing Heart Pendant Necklace 16.25"
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.
This gorgeous pendant necklace from the late Art Deco (ca1930s) era is a wonderful example of real butterfly wing jewelry! This sterling silver heart-shaped piece was originally a lovely pin that has since been converted into a pendant, and hangs from a modern sterling chain. Resting on the front surface of the pendant is a genuine butterfly wing, exhibiting intense shades of vivid blue color and remarkably strong iridescent properties, causing it to flash brilliantly when turned in the light. The wing is preserved behind a polished glass cover and the romantically shaped pendant is bezel set and embellished with a gorgeous etched frame encasement. The pendant is attached at the top on either side to a modern silver chain that fastens in the back with a lobster clasp, stamped with a "925" sterling purity mark. The pendant is also marked "925" on the back. The necklace rests beautifully along the neckline and would be make a unique and gorgeous every day piece!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 16.25" long. The pendant measures about 3/4" long and wide, and is 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting, glass frame or to the sterling chain. The butterfly wing is well-preserved behind its glass frame. There is a natural darkened patina on the surface of the pendant, which is common given the age of the piece and adds to is beauty and unique character.