By Danielle Olivia Tefft, Jewelry Writer
It’s not summer quite yet. But the weather on the East Coast is pretending otherwise. It’s the very last week in May in upstate New York. We had to pull out our heavy jackets last week as the daytime temperatures struggled to reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit. And now, it is the opposite: stifling hot and humid. A thunderstorm is brooding in the distance. You’d think it was the middle of July!
Well I say, let summer begin! I welcome the summer sun; the breezes; the colorful flowers; and the beautiful myriad of butterflies that visit my garden daily. I love costume butterfly pins/brooches because I can carry the beautiful creatures with me away from the garden without harming them. Let me explain…
You see, when I was a young girl, I caught a magnificent Swallowtail butterfly in the field by our barn. I’d gotten a butterfly preserving kit for my birthday just days prior. And I was anxious to claim my first trophy. But as I watched that beautiful creature struggle to survive in the toxic jar I placed it in, my heart sank.
When it finally died after what seemed like hours later, I was devastated. I threw the preserving kit away and vowed never to kill another butterfly. From then on, I was a butterfly pin/brooch girl.
Sometimes, I even wear my butterfly pins/brooches in the dead of winter. They remind me that the earth will abound with life and beauty once more in just a short time…..
These photos are of some of my very favorite butterfly brooches/pins from past and present. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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