Trend Alert – Are You Seeing Butterflies?

Left to right:
Leigh and Luca scarf, Brian Atwood Shoe, Sophia Webster boot
Alex Bittar brooch, Erickson Beamon necklace,
Erickson Beamon necklace, Tabitha Simmons shoe, Mattijs Necklace

I have been seeing butterflies everywhere I look right now.  Have you?

Entire butterflies, parts of butterflies and wings are constantly catching my eye.

They are being cut from so many different fibers and materials.

Naturally I am very interested in seeing anything that is jewelry related.

John Paul Gautier, Valentino, Valentino

The fashion imagery from Paris last week inspired me to take a closer look.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Isn’t this a showstopper?

Simple, elegant, collaged, photographed, beaded or metal.  No matter how butterflies are featured they are a wonderful addition to a design piece.

Butterflies also appear throughout the John Bead catalog.  A simple search request for butterfly gave me dozens of categories to choose from.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

Swarovski Beads, flat backs and pendants in dozens of colours and sizes.

Charms and pendants in various metallic colours.

There are butterfly trims.


You will find butterflies made from gem stones and pressed glass.

Metal blank butterflies are ideal to stamp words onto.

 There dozens of gorgeous sequinned and beaded motifs.  Costume designers love these.

You’ll even find butterflies in our craft area.  These are made from foam.

Pressed Glass beads and Metal Complex Bezels

This necklace features a few of my favorite items at John Bead:  Pressed Glass Peacock Metallics and a handmade bezel from the Metal Complex line.

I can’t walk by the Peacock Metallics without picking them up.  They reflect light and look different every time you see them.  They remind me of a Klimpt painting. They were a perfect addition to the art filled bezel I poured Jewelry Resin into.

I have been waiting to assemble this tray of goodies for some time.  I had some help on the weekend and so much got done!  I will have this on display next week when I teach and demo at the special John Bead event I posted about yesterday.

1.  Ivory Lustered Bead

2.  Glass Peacock Metallic Irregular

3.  Glassy Icy Coin 20mm Gold Metallic4.  LANTERNS 8MM SMOKEY

5.  Glass Peacock Metallic Diamond