Fantastic Beasts: Dazzling animal jewellery pieces to invest in this season
The natural world is an eternal source of inspiration to jewellers and it seems that, lately, designers have taken a walk on the wild side with animal jewellery collections that dazzle and delight. A veritable menagerie of crawling, flying and prowling talismans have been launched in recent months, from Cartier’s double-headed, onyx spotted panthers to Boucheron’s diamond-set toucan ring. Here, we’ve rounded up the most heavenly creatures guaranteed to add a touch of animal magic to any outfit this season. It’s a jungle out there…
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The most dazzling animal jewellery pieces
Beautés du Monde Panther High Jewellery ring in
platinum & emerald with diamonds & onyx
Featuring a polished 10.05 carat cabochon emerald, this double-headed Panther ring channels the daring spirit of the Jazz Age, when two-headed animal motifs reigned supreme at the house of Cartier.
Schlumberger Parrot Sabre brooch in yellow gold,
enamel & coloured gemstones
Resplendent with shimmering enamel and pink sapphire feathers, Tiffany’s eye-catching parrot brooch is based on a design by Jean Schlumberger, the trailblazing 20th century jewellery artist who was endlessly inspired by the natural world.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Turtle clip with gold, malachite, mother of pearl & onyx
There’s some debate as to whether Van Cleef’s cheery reptilian brooch is actually turtle or a tortoise, but with his charming malachite shell and sweet onyx and mother-of-pearl face, there’s no denying he is as cute as a button.
Toucan High Jewellery ring
Perched on your finger, this friendly golden-beaked toucan, complete with black sapphire and white diamond plumage, will evoke fabulous, sun-soaked adventures, even in the depths of an urban winter.
Red Carpet Collection High Jewellery fish earrings
Marine-hued gemstones, arranged in layers like scales, and wavy fronds of ultra-light titanium have been used to create this dazzling pair of earrings.
18k gold, mother of pearl & gemstone tiger necklace
In a glittering nod to this, the Chinese year of the tiger, Eugenie Niarchos’ label Venyx has launched this eye-catching tigress pendant, which has been hand-painted onto a circle of mother-of-pearl and framed with colourful tourmalines and diamonds.
Bibi Van Der Velden
Gold, pearl & diamond alligator earrings
A symbol of individuality, strength and protection, these snapping alligator earrings boast gleaming Tsavorite eyes, diamond-studded scales and pistachio-tinted Tahitian pearls in their jaws.
18k gold snake rings
Worn alone, or corkscrewed together like a pair of intertwining lovers, these sensual snake rings won’t fail to make a statement.
18k gold gorilla charm
Created following a trip to Rwanda, ‘George’ the silverback gorilla has been lovingly cast in 18k yellow gold and set with 355 pavé diamonds.
18k gold & ancient bead seahorse necklace
British jeweller Pippa Small has worked with the Turquoise Mountain Myanmar organisation for four years to revive traditional craft culture in the Southeast Asian country. Handmade by skilful goldsmiths, this delicate seahorse supports talented creatives at a time of great need.