Our Most Popular Pieces:
Butterfly Necklaces

Colorful
Butterfly Necklaces

The
Gold Collection

Gold butterfly necklace - a morpho, or moth-shaped butterfly, made in sparkling gold, with tiny gold wire inlays and a black body and black edges on the wings. The whole jewel is set in silver and shown on a silver chain.

Smaller ‘Mini’
Butterflies

small blue butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Colorful
Butterfly
Necklaces

The
Gold
Collection

Gold butterfly necklace - a morpho, or moth-shaped butterfly, made in sparkling gold, with tiny gold wire inlays and a black body and black edges on the wings. The whole jewel is set in silver and shown on a silver chain.

Smaller
‘Mini’
Butterflies

small blue butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Plus, New Butterfly Lapel “Pins”!

Red

small red butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Blue

small blue butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Gold

detail of a small black and gold butterfly necklace. It's made with the cloisonne technique and has tiny gold wires. The butterfly is mostly gold, with a black border around the edges, and set into a silver frame.

Rainbow

small rainbow butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, on a sterling silver chain

Monarch

small monarch butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Colorful Butterfly Necklaces

Red

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique, shown up close in its box

Yellow

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique

Green

blue starfish necklace made with the cloisonne technique. It has tiny gold circles on a blue gradient background and is shown on a silver chain

Blue

Bright blue butterfly pendant set in silver, in a rosewood box

Purple

Tiger

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique, shown up close in its box

Monarch

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique

Rainbow

blue starfish necklace made with the cloisonne technique. It has tiny gold circles on a blue gradient background and is shown on a silver chain

Peacock

Bright blue butterfly pendant set in silver, in a rosewood box

All Colors

Red

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique, shown up close in its box

Yellow

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique

Green

blue starfish necklace made with the cloisonne technique. It has tiny gold circles on a blue gradient background and is shown on a silver chain

Blue

Bright blue butterfly pendant set in silver, in a rosewood box

Purple

Rainbow

blue starfish necklace made with the cloisonne technique. It has tiny gold circles on a blue gradient background and is shown on a silver chain

Tiger

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique, shown up close in its box

Monarch

red butterfly necklace made with the cloisonné technique

Peacock

Bright blue butterfly pendant set in silver, in a rosewood box

All Colors

Shirley’s Collection of Butterfly Necklaces

Fine silver butterfly jewelry designed and created by Cloisonne artist Shirley Matteson, in a rainbow of colors and gorgeous patterns like monarch and tigers eye.

Butterflies are one of Shirley’s favorite things to create. She’s so inspired by all of the different colors and patterns of butterflies that are found in nature. One of her favorites is the iconic Monarch Butterfly, but she has designed butterflies in all the colors of the rainbow, including the rainbow itself!  You can choose from purple, red, yellow, green, or blue tones, or pick your favorite pattern from rainbow, tigers eye, or even a peacock butterfly necklace!

NEW! Most of these gorgeous butterfly designs are now available as lapel pins!

Most of us associate butterflies with rebirth and hope, because of the metamorphosis they undergo from caterpillar to butterfly. Some even relate butterflies to feelings of triumph or overcoming a difficult situation. This is why butterfly jewelry makes a great gift for mothers. Or, if you’re looking for a gift for a rite of passage, such as a big birthday, overcoming personal challenges, or even leaving for college, butterfly jewelry can be a thoughtful and cherished gift idea.

Cloisonné Fine Jewelry

What is ‘Cloisonné’? It’s an ancient French technique for creating fine jewelry. In fact, ‘cloisonne’ means ‘partition’ in French, referring to the partitions created by the tiny gold wires. To create these colorful butterfly necklaces, Shirley first painstakingly bends tiny gold wires. Once she’s formed the butterfly shape with the wires, she carefully fills in the butterflies with different tones of colorful enamels. When it’s all heated and dried, we have a truly unique butterfly necklace.

Shirley’s fine jewelry comes in a rosewood box for safe keeping. She also includes a silvercloth pouch to prevent your butterfly pendant from tarnishing. Plus, when you order, please specify if you’d like a 16- or 18- inch Italian sterling silver chain, which will be included with your order at no additional cost.

If you’re not sure, see what others think about their unique butterfly pendants here.

The Gold Collection
Gold Butterfly Necklaces

Grace

small red butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Mercy

small blue butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Blessing

detail of a small black and gold butterfly necklace. It's made with the cloisonne technique and has tiny gold wires. The butterfly is mostly gold, with a black border around the edges, and set into a silver frame.

Lovey

solid gold butterfly necklace

Precious

solid gold butterfly necklace: close up photo of a gold and black butterfly necklace

Grace

small red butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Mercy

small blue butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Blessing

detail of a small black and gold butterfly necklace. It's made with the cloisonne technique and has tiny gold wires. The butterfly is mostly gold, with a black border around the edges, and set into a silver frame.

Lovey

solid gold butterfly necklace

Precious

solid gold butterfly necklace: close up photo of a gold and black butterfly necklace

Stunning Gold Butterfly Necklaces

Introducing: The Gold Collection

Shirley’s newest creation is a line of absolutely jaw dropping gold butterfly necklaces. These stunning pieces use real gold in the interior, and the outline/ backing comes in either fine silver or solid gold. Pluse, you can find her smaller gold butterfly necklace line here.

What’s the difference between our inlaid gold and solid gold butterfly pendants? Both are inlaid with gold and use tiny 24k gold wires to create the butterfly design. And both are edged in black enamel to set off the brilliance of the gold. They are even available in the same sizes. The difference is that the original inlaid gold butterflies are set into a fine silver backing, and come with a silver chain. However, the newer solid gold butterfly pendants are set entirely in gold and come with a gold chain. 

NEW: Now these gorgeous butterfly jewels are also available as lapel decor (similar to a lapel pin, but using a magnet instead of an actual pin).

 

solid gold butterfly necklace: close up photo of a gold and black butterfly necklace

Fine Gold Jewelry made with Cloisonné

Shirley uses a technique called ‘Cloisonné,’ to create these stunning golden butterflies for her fine jewelry. First, she bends tiny gold wires to form the butterfly shape. Then, she fills in the shapes with shimmering gold. The end result is a truly unique gold necklace that everyone will love.

All of our butterfly fine jewelry comes in its own rosewood box. There is also a genuine pacific silvercloth pouch for tarnish-free storage and safe keeping. Each necklace also comes with a 1mm or 2mm, 16- or 18-inch, gold or silver serpentine chain.

Our customers absolutely love their unique gold butterfly necklaces. Read the reviews here.

Smaller ‘Mini’ Butterfly Necklaces

Red

small red butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Blue

small blue butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Gold

detail of a small black and gold butterfly necklace. It's made with the cloisonne technique and has tiny gold wires. The butterfly is mostly gold, with a black border around the edges, and set into a silver frame.

Rainbow

small rainbow butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, on a sterling silver chain

Monarch

small monarch butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain

Want something more petite? Check out our ‘mini’ butterfly necklaces!

By popular request, artist Shirley Matteson has also created a line of smaller butterfly necklaces. These stunning pendants come in the same gorgeous colors are their larger versions, including gold, red, or blue. Or, there are also specialty patterns, like a rainbow butterfly, or even this iconic mini monarch butterfly necklace! If you love the classic style and meaning of the butterfly design, but want something a little more subtle and dainty, this line of mini butterfly necklaces is for you!

Plus, check out the newest member of the collection – a stunning gold mini butterfly necklace, named ‘Blessing.’

Each of these smaller butterflies is made with the same care and craft as its larger sibling. Every butterfly jewel is made using the ancient Cloisonne technique of fine jewelry making. Cloissone is a French way of creating colorful enamel designs that are held in place by tiny 24k wires. This technique, while very difficult to master, allows the artist to create one of a kind, luminous jewels. The 24k wires add depth and texture (and a little extra sparkle) to the glow of the enamel colors. 

small monarch butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, with a sterling silver chain
small rainbow butterfly pendant made with the cloisonne technique, on a sterling silver chain
Small black and gold butterfly necklace shown on a silver chain around the neck of a model. It's made with the cloisonne technique and has tiny gold wires. The butterfly is mostly gold, with a black border around the edges, and set into a silver frame.

A treasure and a keepsake – just in a smaller package!

Of course, even our smaller butterfly jewelry gets its own rosewood box for safekeeping. There’s also a silvercloth pouch inside the box, to keep your mini butterfly necklace from tarnishing when you’re not showing her off. Also, every necklace ordered from SJM designs comes with an Italian sterling silver serpentine chain, and you can specify which length you prefer at checkout.

Our customers have been getting tons and tons of compliments when they wear our jewelry! Read the reviews and appreciation notes here.

Psst… If you’re looking for the original larger butterfly necklaces you can find them here. Or, if you prefer something truly unique, check out her butterfly lapel ‘pins’ (kind of a pin, but using a magnet instead, so you don’t damage your clothing).

Crafting fine silver, gold, & enamel
has become my newest crayon.