What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. (Richard Bach)

Watercolor and gouache butterflly brooch rendering with pear-shaped amethyst and aquamarine gemstones by Joana Miranda
Watercolor and Gouache Amethyst, Aquamarine and Diamond Butterfly Brooch Rendering by Joana Miranda

Tomorrow I’ll post the 7th and final animal-inspired brooch rendering in this series.  Tomorrow’s animal is perhaps the closest to the human race in terms of its sophistication.  In fact, some breeds have even been trained to assist quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility impairments. After being socialized in a human home as infants, these animals undergo extensive training before being placed with a quadriplegic.  Around the house, they can help out by doing tasks including microwaving food, washing the quadriplegic’s face and opening drink bottles…

(I think it would be neat to have one of these as a pet, but the closest I’ve ever come is a stuffed toy version.)

Join me tomorrow to learn the identity of this animal!


  1. Payal says:

    I liked this one the best of all the animal designs for its simplicity,beauty and wearibility.

    • Interesting. My favorite is maybe the little ladybug crawling up the sprig of wheat, but then again I’m partial to that one!

      (The snake would need some tweaking to be a wearable brooch. As I rendered it, it might have to perch on a shoulder, and that would look a little odd, eh?)

      Thanks for your comments and for following my blog!

      All best wishes,

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