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Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Monet vintage butterfly brooch. 6.5 cm. Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning
Undoubtedly, the most popular jewelry design, so beloved by women, is a butterfly along with flowers. And this choice is not casual, but subconscious, therefore women intuitively choose a butterfly design. A symbol of the soul, immortality, rebirth and resurrection, the ability to transform, a butterfly is born, transforming from a usual caterpillar. Also, the butterfly is a symbol of the Great Goddess (Great Mother, Magna Mater). The image of the Great Goddess goes back to the ancient times of human history, to the Paleolithic. This supreme deity personified heaven and earth at the same time, life and death. Hence the belief that witches can turn into butterflies. Also, butterflies contribute to conception and foreshadow war, and butterflies are the souls of the dead.
In addition, in many cultures, the butterfly symbolizes the transient nature of joy. In China, this winged creature denotes immortality, leisure in abundance, joy and summer. The butterfly depicted with plum symbolizes longevity and beauty, with chrysanthemum – beauty in old age, with a feather – longevity.

Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning. Avon butterfly brooch. 1992. Faux pearls, rhinestones, enamel. 6.5 cm

Avon butterfly brooch. 1992. Faux pearls, rhinestones, enamel. 6.5 cm. Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Taoist parables featured the image of a butterfly.
Once, the philosopher Chuang Tzu saw himself in a dream as a butterfly. When he woke up, he could not understand: Chuang Tzu saw in a dream that he was a butterfly, or was the butterfly now dreaming that she was Chuang Tzu?
Another story told by Chuang Tzu tells how a young scientist, chasing a beautiful butterfly, inadvertently invaded the private property of a retired judge and, seeing his daughter, was so fascinated by her charms that he decided to work hard and try to get her as a wife.
In this he excelled and rose to a high rank. Here the butterfly is a sign of marital happiness, one might say, the Chinese Cupid.

Gift Creations enameled butterfly brooch. 1980s.

Gift Creations enameled butterfly brooch. 1980s.

In Japan, the butterfly symbolizes a young woman, and butterflies fluttering around one another mean family happiness. However, white butterfly – the spirit of the deceased.

In ancient Mexico, the butterfly belonged to the attributes of the god of vegetation, spring and love, the “Prince of Flowers” of Xochipilla. In addition, the mexicans associated it with the sun and it was a symbol of the waving fire. At the same time, it was the symbol of the souls of women who died in childbirth.

Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning. Nolan Miller vintage butterfly brooch. Austrian crystals, lucite, jewelry alloy. 6 cm

Nolan Miller vintage butterfly brooch. Austrian crystals, lucite, jewelry alloy. 6 cm. Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

The ancient Greeks considered the butterfly a symbol of the immortality of the soul. Psyche, whose name means “soul,” appeared as a girl with butterfly wings.

In Christianity, the developmental stages of butterflies personify life, death and resurrection. Therefore, we sometimes can see butterfly depicted in the hand of the infant Christ. In the paintings depicting life in paradise, a soul, which the Creator places in the body of Adam, has such wings.

Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Trifari Butterfly vintage enameled brooch. 4.2 cm. Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Traditionally, the Slavs associated ideas about the soul primarily with the butterfly. People often talk about the butterfly as the soul of the deceased or the harbinger of death, and sometimes the image of death.

Beautiful butterfly brooch by Nolan Miller. 6.3 cm. Rhodium plated, enamel, Swarovski crystals

Beautiful butterfly brooch by Nolan Miller. 6.3 cm. Rhodium plated, enamel, Swarovski crystals

Butterfly jewelry symbolism and meaning

Jomaz vintage butterfly brooch. Opal glass, rhinestones, glass cabochons

Jomaz vintage butterfly brooch. Opal glass, rhinestones, glass cabochons

Bob Mackie enameled butterfly brooch. 4.8 cm

Bob Mackie enameled butterfly brooch. 4.8 cm

Boucher vintage butterfly brooch. 6 cm

Boucher vintage butterfly brooch. 6 cm

Butterfly brooch of porcelain pieces by Wedgwood. Biscuit porcelain, tin, jasper porcelain. 7 cm

Butterfly brooch of porcelain pieces by Wedgwood. Biscuit porcelain, tin, jasper porcelain. 7 cm

Camrose & Kross vintage butterfly enameled brooch

Camrose & Kross vintage butterfly enameled brooch

Coro vintage butterfly brooch. 3.3 cm. Gold plated jewelry alloy, rhinestones, large crystal

Coro vintage butterfly brooch. 3.3 cm. Gold plated jewelry alloy, rhinestones, large crystal

Czech vintage enameled butterfly brooch

Czech vintage enameled butterfly brooch

Czechoslovakian vintage butterfly brooch. Filigree metal, cabochons. 5 cm

Czechoslovakian vintage butterfly brooch. Filigree metal, cabochons. 5 cm

Damascene gold filled vintage butterfly brooch. Faux pearls, enamels

Damascene gold filled vintage butterfly brooch. Faux pearls, enamels

Gift Enterprises vintage butterfly enameled brooch pendant. 4 cm

Gift Enterprises vintage butterfly enameled brooch pendant. 4 cm

Florenza butterfly enameled brooch. 4.5 cm

Florenza butterfly enameled brooch. 4.5 cm

French vintage butterfly enameled brooch

French vintage butterfly enameled brooch

Japanese vintage brooch. 4.5 cm. Mother of pearl, pearls, jewelry alloy

Japanese vintage brooch. 4.5 cm. Mother of pearl, pearls, jewelry alloy

Joan Rivers vintage butterfly brooch. 7 cm

Joan Rivers vintage butterfly brooch. 7 cm

Juliana vintage butterfly brooch. 5.2 cm

Juliana vintage butterfly brooch. 5.2 cm

Kenneth lay lane vintage butterfly brooch. Enamels, crystals

Kenneth lay lane vintage butterfly brooch. Enamels, crystals

KJL butterfly brooch. 8 cm. Enamel, crystals, jewelry alloy

KJL butterfly brooch. 8 cm. Enamel, crystals, jewelry alloy

Liz Claiborne vintage butterfly brooch

Liz Claiborne vintage butterfly brooch

MMA vintage butterfly brooch. Sterling silver, jade, turquoise, carnelian, mother of pearl, enamel. 7 cm,

MMA vintage butterfly brooch. Sterling silver, jade, turquoise, carnelian, mother of pearl, enamel. 7 cm,

Napier vintage butterfly brooch. Jewelry alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 5.8 cm

Napier vintage butterfly brooch. Jewelry alloy, enamel, rhinestones. 5.8 cm

Original by Robert vintage enameled brooch. 3.5 cm

Original by Robert vintage enameled brooch. 3.5 cm

Oscar de la Renata vintage butterfly brooch. 6.5 cm

Oscar de la Renata vintage butterfly brooch. 6.5 cm

Pauline Rader vintage butterfly brooch. 7 cm. Jewelry alloy, lucite, rhinestones, faux pearl

Pauline Rader vintage butterfly brooch. 7 cm. Jewelry alloy, lucite, rhinestones, faux pearl

Pearl butterfly by KJL. 4.5 cm. Gold tone jewelry alloy, faux pearls, Swarovski crystals

Pearl butterfly by KJL. 4.5 cm. Gold tone jewelry alloy, faux pearls, Swarovski crystals

Regence vintage crystal brooch Butterfly. 4 cm

Regence vintage crystal brooch Butterfly. 4 cm

Signed JR american vintage butterfly brooch. Jewelry alloy, crystals, faux pearls. 7.5 cm

Signed JR american vintage butterfly brooch. Jewelry alloy, crystals, faux pearls. 7.5 cm

White enamel and lucite vintage brooch by Trifari

White enamel and lucite vintage brooch by Trifari