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The History + Meaning of the Butterfly

One of nature’s most beautiful creations, the butterfly brightens the sky as it flaps its ornate wings to soar — but there is so much more meaning to the butterfly than just an object of beauty. What does the butterfly symbolize?

Butterfly Symbolism

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A powerful beacon of growth and new beginnings, the butterfly signifies the power of transformation and the incredible feats we can achieve when we trust ourselves. We all have the ability to listen to our innate wisdom, guide ourselves through difficult times, and emerge better and stronger than before. Because of that, the butterfly has become one of the most beloved ALEX AND ANI symbols, adorning women with powerful reminders to trust the process and know their wings are on the other side.

Butterfly History

Butterflies have been on earth since what scientists call the “age of flowering plants,” dating back 135 million years to the Cretacious period, which means they’re as old as some dinosaurs. They have inspired humans for millennia with their delicate nature and the immense power they possess. They’re born as caterpillars, cocoon themselves, and emerge in their true form — but not only can we see the before and after, we can actually see the process happening, and be inspired by it to do the hard work on ourselves, knowing we too can grow and transform.

Butterfly as a Symbol of Growth

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Because the butterfly is a symbol of growth and new beginnings, the symbol is amplified when you combine it with other symbols with similar meanings. The Path of Life represents how we’re connected on our life’s journeys and is a reminder that even if you’re in a place of transformation, you’re exactly where you need to be. The Sunflower, with its glowing yellow petals, is a wearable reminder to allow yourself to bloom into your truest self. You’ll also need some luck on your journey. Pair a butterfly with a four-leaf clover, which represents luck and good fortune, and trust that you’ll be positively guided on your path. Trust yourself because you know what’s best for you.

Types of Butterflies + Their Meaning

While the butterfly charm is a representation of growth, change and transformation, individual butterflies have meanings and symbolism of their own. At ALEX + ANI, we celebrate the unique beauty and meaning of butterflies from around the world with a variety of different butterfly charm bangles. The Zebra Swallowtail, with its bold black and white stripes, makes a dramatic impression, and is a reminder to embrace what makes you unique. The Green Hairstreak, which has singular green wings that help it camouflage and protect itself, represents the power of staying grounded and positive. The Orange Sulphur, with its resplendent ultraviolet wings, is an encouragement to reveal your truest self, and a reminder of the beautiful things that can happen when you do.

Find your own meaning in this powerful charm, and wear it when you’re ready to embrace what’s next. Shop all butterfly jewelry here.

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