Taiwan is known as the island of Formosa, which was world renown for it's butterfly kingdom. It is also a culture that was recognized internationally when learning about Taiwan. The population of the species is ten times that of Japan - which is a significant amount. The scene of these butterflies dancing in the air was described as a symbol of Taiwan's vitality. Therefore, there have been a large number of butterflies captured and taxidermied for export in the past. This especially boomed in the 1960's where the export amount was up to 10 million butterfly taxidermy per year. Now the glorious days are gone as people no longer associate butterflies with the beauty of Taiwan. As the new generation, how do we seize the once world renowned culture and restore it's fame internationally? To be known as a fact in which would be embedded in the public's memory.
There are three distinct eras or periods in the history of Taiwan's butterflies: “As High As Honor" known as the early glory period, “Winter Is Coming” which represents the over-capture of the species in the darkness period , and the modern regain of hope and conservation period “We Light the Way“. These distinct periods are made into three pieces of Embellishment of the Chest. Natural crystal, tourmaline, corundum, blue topaz, pearls, and other semi-precious stones are added to each of the jewelry pieces to create a pop-up book effect. This depicts the gracefulness and soft fluttery qualities of butterflies. It accentuates the elegant and bold contrasting sensation in metal processing. In order to create these unique pieces of jewelry, large amounts of thick silver alloy material is used along with Taiwan's early industrial totem mold casting, wax carving and light jewelry inlay. Not only is the two dimensional panels of the butterfly wings are displayed, but also the exquisite swift fluttering wings of butterflies as they dance, so as to create a vivid and magnificent visual impact. These became the main elements in creating these jewelry pieces and concurrently in creating a history of Taiwan. The intention of this innovation is to highlight the integration of Taiwan's art of metal process and value in hopes to make Taiwan's butterfly culture world renown once more.
榮耀皇蝶 | 「As High as Honor」
蝴蝶歷史早期，繁盛，「As High as Honor」為台灣帶來至高的榮耀，成就一段輝煌時期。將寬尾鳳蝶華美姿態轉化成繁複的蝴蝶展翅造型，中心嵌上象徵財富的綠碧璽主石，羽翼則爪鑲同樣有財富御意的鑽石切面黃色剛玉與香檳金色拓帕石，並點綴咖啡金色珍珠與其延伸而出的古銅色金屬線條，融入復古高級珠寶的形象。隱藏式垂吊施華洛世奇特殊切割三角形黃色水晶，形成飛向天空的軌跡，金黃而晃動著。
The idea come from [Agehana maraho] broad-tailed swallowtail butterfly gorgeous attitude into a complex butterfly wings modeling, cluster setting with green tourmaline in the center, prong setting with yellow corundum and champagne gold Topaz on the wing to interpretation the symbol of the wealth.
凜冬殘蝶 | 「Winter is Coming」
蝴蝶歷史中期，「Winter is Coming」凜冬將至，國際千萬元訂單引發過度捕捉的黑暗期。以枯葉蝶的特徵，設計出倒置、枯萎的蝴蝶造型，在寶石上僅挑選單一顆暗色的藍尖晶石象徵此時期的冷落灰暗，在垂掛於胸前的天然灰珍珠間點綴殘翅，表現墜落之感。雙翅點綴著染上極光的絲絨藍金屬線條，更完整表現首飾的冷峻、高級之感。
The characteristics of the [Kallima inachus] Orange Oakleaf invented the design of withered butterfly shape, with only one blue spinel to demonstrate the cold and grayness period. The natural gray pearl decorated with residual wings hanging in the chest embellished with residual wings to complete manifestation of the solemn high-ranking sense.
黎明夢蝶 | 「We Light the Way」
現代，來到重拾希望的保育時期，「We Light the Way」太陽升起的時刻象徵給予大地希望，指引明路。主石為溫和的淡粉色尖晶石表現，搭配精細挑選的同色蘋果綠色橄欖石與具有環境淨化能量的紫丁香色碧璽做為配石，表現翠鳳蝶的靈性，點綴同色的金屬線條，似緞帶彩帶般的動態，環繞而生。翅膀頂端串上象徵生靈孕育、珍貴的白色珍珠，延伸至裸背展現性感，裝飾著施華洛世奇聯名設計款粉嫩水晶，與相爭停留於此的淡金色、銀色蝴蝶，象徵大自然的轉生。
Cluster setting with a gentle pale pink spinel, collocation with peridot and the environmental balance of the energy of a lilac color tourmaline to performance the Chinese Peacock butterfly spirituality. Precious white pearls string on the wing is the symbolic of creature's birth. The design extends to the back and the hair accessories, it shows sexy and a symbol of vitality.
Videography/ YU-NONG LIN