..."You have to kiss a lot of frogs"
The frog Prince is one of the world's best known fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm gave it pride of place as first in their collection of traditional folk stories and fairy tales. The story tells of a very beautiful but spoiled and naive princess who unexpectedly meets a talking frog after dropping her golden ball into his pond. Ultimately the frog is released, by a kiss, from a shape-shifting spell and turns back into a handsome prince "and they all live happily ever after". The story is often used as a metaphor for the trials and tribulations of love and romance, reminding us that appearances can be deceptive and true love can come from the most unexpected places. It also has strongly ethical sub-plots about fidelity and keeping promises.
The Frog Prince collection is a celebration of the jeweller's skills combining coloured enamels with tiny cabochon stones. The hand carved frog and crown are fully three dimensional. Close attention has been paid to even the finest detail. The frog has handmade glass eyes. On the underside the frog wears a tiny waistcoat with a shirt and bowtie, capturing the very moment of transformation to the dashing prince.