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Jewelers Feel The Butterfly Effect


As depictions of transformation and rebirth, butterflies are powerful symbols, full stop. They’re even more relevant as we emerge from the acute stage of the pandemic.

Perhaps that’s why so many jewelers looked to the delicate creatures for inspiration as they worked on their 2022 collections—or so the plethora of butterfly motifs seen at the jewelry shows in Las Vegas would suggest.

Not only is the butterfly perfectly suited to this moment in jewelry, it’s also perfectly suited to colored stone or enamel designs. The creature’s kaleidoscopic patterns lend themselves well to multicolored stone combinations or varied applications of enamel.

Dallas Prince, a longtime Design Collective exhibitor, showed a handful of new butterfly-inspired styles at JCK, and explained her “obsession” with the creature in a way sure to resonate with most of her contemporaries.

“Butterflies are little messengers of beauty that can be brought to life in artwork and especially jewelry,” Prince tells JCK. “Their life is short, so I help them live on through my customers. They bring happiness to everyone that sees them.” 🦋

Le Vian butterfly necklace
Butterfly Away necklace in 14k Strawberry Gold with 5.5 cts. t.w. blue chalcedony, 0.2 ct. t.w. Nude Diamonds, $3,148; Le Vian


ARK monarch necklace
Monarch necklace in 18k yellow gold with plique-à-jour enamel and 0.06 ct. t.w. hand-cut pink sapphires, $2,250; ARK Fine Jewelry
Picchiotti butterfly pin
Butterfly pin in 18k white gold with diamonds and emeralds, price on request; Picchiotti 
Sydney Evan mother-of-pearl butterfly pendant
Butterfly necklace in 14k yellow gold with mother-of-pearl and diamonds, $3,330; Sydney Evan
Dallas Prince Designs Moonlight Butterfly Enamel Bangle
Moonlight Butterfly bangle in sterling silver with multicolored enamel, 3.64 cts. t.w. black spinel, 0.81 ct. t.w. rhodolite, and 0.61 ct. t.w. white zircons, $499; Dallas Prince Designs
Shy Creation turquoise butterfly necklace
Butterfly necklace in 14k gold with turquoise and diamonds, $930; Shy Creation 
Evocateur Paradiso cuff
Paradiso cuff featuring original artwork by fine artist Lucy Peveto with 22k gold leaf and enamel; $398; Evocateur
Evocateur Paradiso earrings
Paradiso earrings featuring original artwork by fine artist Lucy Peveto with 22k gold leaf, enamel, and moonstones; $238; Evocateur

Top: Butterfly In My Garden earrings in sterling silver with white rhodium, 10.74 cts. t.w. multicolored sapphires, and 2.42 cts. t.w. white zircons, $799; Dallas Prince Designs

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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