About the designer
Papillon Belle is an exclusive range of jewellery designed by Cape Town based graphic designer & illustrator, Audrey Botha.
The average butterfly only lives between a day and 4 weeks, so I wanted to find a way to immortalise these beautiful creatures in timeless jewelery pieces that could be handed down from generation to generation.
My butterflies are sourced from breeders all over the world and are bred in a sustainable manner. By purchasing my jewelery, you are not only doing your bit for the environment by supporting the breeding programs that conserves the local rainforests, but you are also helping to provide employment to the families in third world countries who rely on these rain forests for their livelihood.
All pieces are manufactured by hand in Cape Town.
Inspired by antique brooches containing real butterfly wings dating back to the Victorian era that I inherited from my grandmother, Papillon Belle is a series of modern heirloom pieces made up of real butterfly wings, encased in glass or perspex and set in sterling silver frames. The glass pendants are engraved with the year of manufacture on the side, making it the perfect gift for a special occasion. Each pendant comes in a luxury gift box and a certificate of authenticity containing information about the butterfly and where it comes from as well as care instructions.
The butterflies are sourced from breeders all over the world and are bred in a sustainable manner. Agricultural development has caused the natural environment of a lot of butterfly species to become threatened, and their populations started dwindling. Farming programs were therefore started to enable farmers from third world countries to keep the rain forests on their land intact, while still providing a livelihood that paid better than mono-cultural crops. The breeding program enables thousands of butterflies to be bred, and in return the tropical forests which are vital to their survival are preserved.