The Preying Mantis
This captivating piece was designed by master sculptor and my colleague of many years, Jason Bakutis. It was cast and finished as with all my offerings, in NYC. The piece measures 2 3/4 inches across. I comes on a sterling silver Figaro chain at the length you choose. I think it looks best at around 20 inches. That puts it high up on the chest on most people but feel free to measure and I will cut the chain to size. A clasp will be added for shorter chains.
The preying mantis gets it name from the ancient Greek word for prophet. The Chinese venerate it as processing courage and fearlessness. Though it is a commonly held belief that the female will eat the male upon the completion of the up to 24 hour coitus, it happens only in some cases. Some researchers suggest it is because the female is famished. Others because it improves the chances of fertilization. I wonder when the males will increase their chances of survival by bringing snacks.
Here is a link to the shop listing : http://www.etsy.com/listing/91816033/preying-mantis-mates-in-sterling-silver