Encapsulated Butterfly silver necklace

English Norman

The Bug Collection

Some stories are just too meaningful to not share them. Last summer after Hurricane Irma thrashed Florida, my Canadian jewelry artist friend (@jewelleryjunkie on IG) checked on her Ft. Myers house. She found the lanai covered with dead yellow jackets, moths, and butterflies. In a very generous act, she packaged them up and shipped them to me knowing I would give them a new life with a different purpose. That purpose is appreciating and respecting nature. When we pause to look at the world around us, we often find unexpected beauty in the world around us. And in the case of Hurricane Irma, these beautiful creatures are honored in a necklace to commemorate the delicate balance of nature.

Frozen in resin and time, its beauty can be appreciated and admired. 

The Encapsulated Collection
You can’t capture time but you can capture memories. The precious creature encapsulated in the clear resin of this necklace is a reminder of moments that have come and gone -- intricate, interconnected and irreplaceable. The bugs are carefully collected and set in a handsmithed Argentium silver oval case and captured by clear resin so each pendant is unique and different. These are truly one of a kind. Dying bees outside my studio a few years ago inspired the entire Encapsulated Series. Perhaps the bees had just reached the end of their short lives, but I was struck by the intricate beauty of the bees scattered around under a Vitex tree. Instead of just sweeping them aside, I decided to create a special case for them and encapsulate their beauty forever in resin. 

All designs are copyrighted by ESN Artisan Jewelry, 1997-2018. Each piece is designed and handcrafted by the artist in her Atlanta, GA studio. Join us on IG at @englishnorman and FB at ESN Artisan Jewelry.

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