Confession time: I’m over butterflies.
I’m pretty sure this reaction is the result of the years I was known as “the butterfly girl.” An odd nickname for someone who worked as an entomologist caring for butterflies, to be sure, but that’s what people called me. That and, “Katie.”
Because I was the butterfly girl, I was given a lot of butterfly themed objects. I have necklaces, earrings, pins, skirts, trivets, and spatulas (still trying to figure that one out). I love what I have, but I think, for now, I’ve reached my butterfly saturation point. Surprisingly, though, I have not reached my caterpillar saturation point. This was reinforced when I saw the amazing caterpillar pin Joelle of the owls are not what they seem photographed at a recent Tiffany & Co. event.
I thought I had known love (Joni Mitchell, The Rocket Scientist, BBC’s Coupling), but never love like the kind I have for this pin. They even put in the caterpillar’s osmeterium (antenna-like bits)!!! I do believe it’s the best piece of caterpillar jewelry ever.
Since I can’t afford Tiffany & Co. anytime soon, I decided to do a little perusing to see what other caterpillar jewelry exists in the ether.
I don’t really want to join the Caterpillar Club, because it means you’ve successfully jumped out of a disabled aircraft. But I did jump off that rickety swing once…
Sparkly. And vintage. Need I say more?
This caterpillar reminds me of the Monarch caterpillars my mum and I raised when I was little. And of the Rice Paper caterpillar that once crawled into my bra. Another story for another day.
I’m not a fan of Eric Carle and his Very Hungry Caterpillar (he knows what he did), but that’s not this bracelet’s fault, so I won’t hold it against it. But I will hold the bracelet against me. Specifically, against my wrist.
I don’t know why I keep putting “subtle” jewelry in these lists. When does the girl who has two octopus necklaces (one for every day, one for fancy days) ever want subtle jewelry? That being said, it’s pretty all the same.
Because who doesn’t love a good watch fob?
P.S. as lovely as many of them are, am I the only one who has wondered if all the butterfly tattoos out there meant to represent transformation should have really been caterpillars, or even chrysalids? Why don’t we see more of this tattooed on people’s lower backs?
P.P.S. Am I the only one who had this song running through my head while looking at these pieces?
“C’mon, let’s crawl, gotta crawl, gotta crawl. To the ugly bug ball, to the ball, to the ball…”