Jewelry Menagerie Part 3: Call of the Wild

You needn’t embrace the season’s safari-influenced fashions to enjoy the representation of wild animals in your jewelry. There’s something dangerous about the untamed, of course, and jewels that honors nature’s wild beasts have an edgy appeal that works with everything from formal wear to jeans.

Among those jewels answering the call of the wild and pictured in this season’s crop of fashion and luxury magazines:

A gem-encrusted pendant necklace from the Panthère de Cartier collection is the centerpiece of an ad that has run in several publications including the June/July 2011 issue of Town & Country.

The June 2011 issue of Elle highlights the new Mediterranean Eden collection from Bulgari, including this lion mask bracelet set with cabochon sapphires, emeralds and diamonds from Bulgari’s Historical Archive Collection, circa 1960s.

In the April 2011 issue of Vogue, contributing editor Edward Enninful shares things that inspire him, including this tiger bracelet from David Webb.

The April 2011 issue of Glamour suggests bold accessories, including this ring from Eddera, to wear with the season’s long skirts.

The May 2011 issue of Vogue features this elephant brooch from Van Cleef & Arpels, noting that: “This spring, the animal kingdom comes to life in gems.” Vogue explains: “After the punk stylings of last season, the mood for something whimsical is in the air…“There’s a sense of humor and cheeky frivolity that comes with wearing a lizard on your shoulder or a monkey pinned to your lapel.”

I cannot resist including here these diamond, sapphire and tourmaline giraffe earrings from Chopard pictured back in the January 2011 issue of Elle.

Also pictured in that issue of Elle are these diamond and emerald antelope earrings from Chopard.

If all this talk of wild animals has put you in the mood to do more than view them at your local zoo or wild animal park, the July 2011 issue of Lucky includes an article “Beyond the Spa” reviewing “unorthodox but powerful ways to both feel the burn and relax—body and soul—on vacation this summer.” Among the suggestions:  “Help elephants displaced by hunters and poachers” in an intense two-week volunteer program in Africa under the auspices of the Elephant Human Relations Aid in Namibia, desertelephant.org. What an inspired way to assist these inspiring creatures of the wild.