What’s Your Inspiration? Butterflies for Sutra



The pretty winged insects from Mumbai’s botanical gardens inspired one of Indian designer Arpita Navlakha’s newest collections

Butterflies are the brightly colored cousins of moths and are never subject to a midair slap down or have to worry about dodging the deadly fumes emitted from little white balls of pesticide created to destroy its closet-invading kin. Instead, the butterfly is revered and respected; and it has much better PR.

Sutra jewelry designer Arpita Navlakha has made butterflies the focus of one of her newest collections. Navlakha has fond memories of the butterflies flitting about in some of Mumbai’s botanical gardens during her childhood in India. To keep those memories alive and in a more visible format, she created a Butterfly jewelry collection in 18k gold and complete with four different gem combinations—Paraiba and spinel, sapphire and emerald, topaz and amethyst, and all colorless diamonds. These gemstone partners comprise the jeweled versions of the majestic creatures, turning Navlakha’s flashbacks into tangible dreams come true.  

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Butterfly ring in 18k white gold with 3 cts. t.w. diamonds, 3 cts. t.w. spinel, and 2 cts. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, $20,000

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Butterfly earrings in 18k white gold with 8 cts. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, and 3.4 cts. t.w. spinel, and 3 cts. t.w. diamonds, $38,000

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Butterfly bracelet in 18k white gold with 6.15 cts. t.w. diamonds, 4.15 cts. t.w. Paraiba tourmaline, and 4.7 cts. t.w. spinel, $58,000

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