South Seas Dream

Exotic brooch with morpho butterfly wings in silver, England 1950s

There are materials from the animal kingdom whose beauty can rival any gemstone. The wings of the blue morpho butterfly are definitely one of them. The large shimmering butterfly is found in the tropical rainforests of Mexico and Central America. Its wings shimmer in brilliant, luminous blue. The Indian tribes on the banks of Brazil's Rio Negro have been catching the animals since time immemorial, using blue bait to fool potential mates. With the collected wings they decorated ceremonial masks, the butterflies were considered spiritual beings that could fulfill wishes. The incomparable, metallic play of colours in iridescent blue also makes this brooch a very special eye-catcher. And it is used here in a particularly sophisticated way to form a small landscape view that wonderfully captures the tropical atmosphere of the South Seas. Set behind glass and combined with a painting, the butterfly wing now forms the sky and the blue ocean that seems to shimmer in the sunlight. Created in the 1950s, the brooch is a typical representative of the so-called Tiki fashion, which flourished in the years after World War II, especially in cocktail bars. A sterling silver setting holds the depictions securely. Wonderfully preserved, the brooch is a wonderful accessory that lets the mind wander to exotic parts of the world.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.