Butterflies are known to symbolize a transformation or rebirth as they shed their cocoons to take flight as beautiful creatures in the world. In the same way the couple too undergoes a transformation as they enter the wedlock. This idea is behind the reason why many couples go for the butterfly engagement ring and butterfly wedding themes to take the advantage of the creatures’ beauty and elegance. Some others think that the butterflies are connotations for the delicacy and fragility of the wedding and the life afterwards. According to Chinese culture, two butterflies seen together are considered as a sign of love. Even though there are many reasons why people select the butterfly rings, the undeniable fact is that it symbolizes their relationship and love they share.
It is not a surprise to find that there are many different styles for butterfly rings just as there are many different species of butterflies. Some of the common designs of butterfly engagement rings include a single butterfly designed in any precious metal that would be centered on the ring’s band as a focal point. If the size of the butterfly is big, for better balance and proportion, it may have a split shank. Different pattern in which two smaller butterflies would be placed on the crown of the ring, surrounding a diamond or other gemstone. There is a stylized form that incorporates the setting's prongs in which the butterflies are set into the engagement ring mounting on the side of the ring. In a bypass ring design, the dual butterflies would be combined to create the focal point. Sometimes three or four butterflies would be made as the ring's prong to hold a central diamond or gemstone. Butterflies are also engraved into the ring's band or inlaid into a wide band.
In some rings the butterflies would be with wings and their body would be fashioned from gemstones or finely crafted with wire wrapped around gems. The wings are even crafted in heart shape from similar shaped stones or metals. Even pear shapes or marquise shapes are also used for getting different wing proportions. The filigree designed butterflies may or may not incorporate gemstones. The wings of the butterflies are sometimes slightly raised or flat against the ring’s band. Pave set diamonds are encrusted in the wings or body of the creatures in some rings.
Since the butterfly engagement rings are not traditional rings, it would be a bit difficult to find them at jewelry stores. However online jewelers offer the figural engagement rings in large variety.