The Green Banded Urania Leilus looks like a butterfly, but it is actually a moth that flies during the day. XXL measures 2-9/16" long from the top of the bail to the bottom of the setting by 1-1/2" wide.
The moths are collected after dying naturally at the end of their full-life cycle in the equatorial rain forest. The delicate butterfly wings are skillfully prepared and set in sterling silver by Peruvian crafts people. The wing fragment is set between two thin sheets of glass-like resin and framed in a silver alloy. Some of the wings have patterns that differ from side-to-side, making them reversible, such as the Blue and Black, Sunset, Owl's Eye and the Blue Morpho. This environmentally-sensitive program provides income for local families while encouraging conservation and a sustainable lifestyle.
As this jewelry is made from natural wings, each piece is unique and some color variations occur. Availability is not always consistent due to the nature of the product. Shimmerwings are durable and the colors will remain vibrant, however it is best to avoid exposure to water.
Peruvian shamans wear and prescribe butterfly and moth wings to easily facilitate transformation and transition. Helps issues around release, loss and grief.
Greek mythology associates the goddess Psyche with the butterfly, the beautiful mortal princess bride of Eros that was granted immortality by Zeus. The Green Banded Urania Leilus is used by shamans to insure safe travel, be it to faraway places or other dimensions.
Brazilian shamans wear butterfly and moth wings to invite higher beings' assistance. It is seen as an important energetic tool for enlightenment.