hollow swallowtail chrysalis necklace
An exact casting of a black swallowtail chrysalis from my sister's garden. She watched the caterpillar and gave me the empty chrysalis once he had emerged.
The eastern black swallowtail is found across North American. The female seeks out plants in the carrot family, Apiaceae, to lay eggs on. This particular caterpillar munched his way through an entire dill plant. Other host plants include angelicas, parsnips, magnolias, and queen anne's lace. Black swallowtails prefer open sites and can be found in fields, meadows, and parks.
Transformation and protection. The feeling of stillness and noticing, smelling the scent of fresh herbs.
MATERIALS + DETAILS
chrysalis is approximately .79 x .31 inches | 20 x 8 mm
recycled sterling silver, interior hollow of pendant plated in 14k yellow gold
1.5 mm cable chain with lobster clasp
available chain lengths: 32 inches | 81.3 cm
A note about plating: Thicket jewelry is intentionally crafted from solid fine metal for quality and longevity. The only place you will find plating is on interior hollows, like in this piece, that are protected from wear and will stand the test of time.