I am afflicted with ranidaphobia, the fear of frogs. Mice are cute, roaches I don't mind, but the generally benign frog, I couldn't bear to be in a room with.
Elizabeth Knight blackened sterling silver frog body brooch from Brooklyn-based boutique Old Hollywood
The thought of wearing anything made of frog sends shivers from my temples down to my tailbone. (Case in point, those monstrous little frog purses they sell around Baguio City, Philippines.) However, the idea of having a fleshless carcass of my feared animal pinned on my lapel somehow evokes triumph over my phobia.
on the table and on a dress form to show relative size
I'm a huge advocate of the transformative powers of an interesting brooch: it's the easiest way to take a generic jacket from bland to distinctively, intriguingly your own. It's also a painless way to get a bauble-averse man to wear jewelry: just attach a discreet, yet clever pin to a blazer and he could forget it was ever pinned on.
Oh what a delight this pin would be on a coat of creamy winter white!
Have a stroll through Old Hollywood's e-shop and find the frog body brooch and other fascinating little one-offs.
Elizabeth Knight's official site