Take A Walk On The Wild Side With Animal Themed Estate Jewelry

Author David Millette
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Date Apr 3, 2015

Jewelry has come a long way from its simple beginnings. From simple beads made from shells all the way through modern day pieces, one thing that has always inspired the designs of jewelry is nature.

One of nature's most inspiring subjects, animals, have been a reoccurring motif in jewelry history. Their natural beauty and unique traits have inspired countless pieces from every time period.

Recently, vintage animal themed jewelry has seen a surge in popularity. Noticing this, our estate department decided to let the animal pieces inspire some art of their own. Take a look at some of our favorite animal estate jewelry in it's natural habitat, and continue reading to see each of the pieces individually!

Estate Animal Pieces Jungle

Insects:

During the late 19th century, artists were fascinated by the natural world and designed many pieces inspired by insects. These pieces spanned the late Victorian period as the early Art Nuevo and Edwardian periods.

Dragonflys, moth's, and butterflys were all common insects to feature in designs. These creepy crawlers were seen as distinctively different from the tight laced Victorian culture of the time. Take a look at our favorite insect pieces in the estate department right now!

Colored Sapphire & Diamond Butterfly Pin

Butterfly Pin
Our Price: $995 (SOLD!)
Description: This beautiful butterfly pin is made out of 18 karat white gold. There are 118 sapphires set into the wings of the butterfly that range in color from yellow to orange. All together, they have a combined carat weight of 2.00 cts. The piece also features full cut diamond accent stones set into the back of the butterfly. The item measures 1 inch in length.

Tiffany & Co. Yellow Gold Butterfly Pin

butterfly pin
Our Price: $710 (SOLD!)
Description: This butterfly pin by Tiffany & Co. focuses less on the gemstones and more on the detail and the beauty of the insect. It is made out of 18 karat yellow gold and is 1.25 inches long.

Dragonfly Necklace

dragonfly necklace
Our Price: $560 (SOLD!)
Item Number: ESNK2552
Description: This two tone dragonfly necklace is made out of two tones of 14 karat yellow and white gold. It is jam packed with 56 full cut diamonds that have a combined carrot weight of .28 crts. The piece also features an 18 inch cable chain.

Bees:

Due to their ability to work as a hive for their queen and form highly organized hives, the bee is used to represent sociability, diligence, and organizational and technical skills.
The bee's nature has also inspired cultures for centuries. For example, in Buddhism the bee represents reincarnation. In Ancient Greece and Egypt, the bee was a symbol of royalty and the monarch government system.

Yellow Gold Diamond & Ruby Bee Ring

Bee Ring
Our Price: $835 (SOLD!)
Description: This dazzling bee ring is made out of 14 karat yellow gold. It is set with 20 single cut diamonds with a combined carat weight of .30 cts. It also features 2 round cut rubies for eyes. The ring is size 6 ¼.

Two-Tone Gold Diamond Bee Pin

Bee Pin
Our Price: $1,760 (SOLD!)
Description: This two tone bee pin is made out of 18 karat yellow and white gold. It is set with 21 full cut diamonds with a combined carat weight of 1.00 cts. It also features 2 circular cut ruby eyes. The pin is 7/8 of an inch long.

Yellow Gold, Ruby & Diamond Bee Pin

Bee Pin
Our Price: $415 (SOLD!)
Description: This bee pin is made out of 14 karat yellow gold. There are 14 round cut rubies set into the bees back that have a combined carat weight of 1.00 ct. There are also 3 full cut diamonds set into the bee's back that have a total carat weight of .09 cts.

Lions:

The king of the jungle, the lion, is a symbol of strength, courage, protection, and life balance. Recently, the famous jewelry designer Cartier celebrated the 100 year anniversary of their "Cartier Cats" line. This line is considered to be one of the most well known animal jewelry lines, making big cat jewelry some of the most popular to own!

Yellow Gold & Emerald Lion Pin

Our Price: $795 (SOLD!)
Description: This regal lion pin is made out of 14 karat yellow gold. This piece strays away from using gemstones to focus on the details in the lion, but it does include one emerald for an eye. The pin measures 1 inch wide and 1.5 inches long.

Lion Head Ring

Lion Head Ring
Our Price: $1,475 (SOLD!)
Item Number: ESRG2921
Description: This unique lions head ring is made out of 18 karat gold. It features 2 rubies set to resemble eyes and 5 rose cut diamonds in the lions mane. This ring is size 7.5.

Double Lion Head Pearl Necklace

Lion Head Pearl Necklace

Our Price: $8,000 (Shop Now)
Description: This stunning necklace is made from 391 pearls graduating from 5.0-8.0 mm in size. As you can see, the necklace's clasp is made of two lion's heads. These lions are made out of 18 karat yellow gold and feature a total of 84 full cut diamonds with a combined carat weight of 1.30 cts. The piece also features 4 emeralds which are used to represent the lions eyes. This necklace measures 30 inches and is sure to help you stand out from the crowd.

Snakes:

The snake is one of the most popular animals in jewelry because of its many traits and abilities. It is a symbol of rebirth due to its ability to shed old skin, a symbol of fertility because of its ability to birth so many offspring, a symbol for water because of its shape and motion, and a symbol of healing because of the venom it contains that can be used to treat ailments.

Roberto Coin Snake Bracelet

Snake Bracelet
Our Price: $11,160 (SOLD!)
Item Number: DB0861
Description: This bracelet by Roberto Coin is made to resemble a snake wrapping itself around your wrist. The piece is made out of 18 karat white gold and features onyx and diamond scales.
Is there a piece in this post that you want to see in person? Our estate pieces are always on the move, but we can have them at any of our five retail locations waiting for you if you schedule an apointment! Be sure to add the SKU number of the piece you wish to see in Notes section of the form.
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