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Born Ready for These 18 Year of the Rabbit Jewels


And not just because the 2023 Lunar Near Year (aka Chinese New Year) on Jan. 22 includes my birth year. If you read this blog, you already know: I love rabbits. At Easter time and pretty much any time I happen to see them (my daughter and I even made a sign that says “Bunnies Welcome” that we hang in our window every spring—a COVID-era craft project that now resurfaces annually in anticipation of the year’s first rabbit sightings (often including babies!) in our yard.

Some believe that rabbits are the luckiest sign in the Chinese zodiac and below you’ll see me trying to attract as much of prosperity as I can with a custom necklace by my friend Katey Walker featuring vintage carved turquoise bunnies from our mutual friend Estelle Newman.

Katey Walker turquoise necklace
Bunny necklace on 14k gold chain, price on request; Katey Walker

I have read that rabbits are generally thought to be lucky in Asian culture and are a universal symbol of abundance, fertility, and imagination. Rabbits are also deeply in tune with the feminine rhythms of the universe.

Meanwhile, I am not the only one with a fondness for bunnies, especially when it comes to the British (hello, Beatrix Potter). In fact, the animal has become a kind of hero of the U.K.-based jewelry brand Alex Monroe. According to its head of fine jewelry, Susie Lee, “Rabbit iconography is threaded throughout our culture. They are actually quite easy to spot wild in nature all around the U.K., and we love to highlight what’s special about nature here at home. Customers are drawn to them because they are cute (of course!) and represent our childhoods. We made a lovely White Rabbit necklace as a collaboration with the Victoria & Albert museum’s [2021] Alice in Wonderland exhibition.”

Alex monroe sleeping hare stud earrings
Sleeping Hare gold-plated stud earrings, $127; Alex Monroe

The original rabbit design was based on Tubby, a pet that belonged to founding designer Alex Monroe’s daughter Connie. Tubby would roam around the house and was very much part of the family. At Monroe’s home in the British countryside, rabbits make regular appearances in his vegetable patch. “They are all very cute, but it’s a bit Mr. McGregor and Peter Rabbit at times! We always lose!” he says.

But from where I sit, no veggie gardens to speak of, rabbits are a necessary indulgence. And even though Chinese New Year is technically a 15-day celebration, the baked-in permanence of a bunny bauble—and the joy it can bring—is almost certainly a forever kind of thing. An entire warren of little rascals ahead!

Ulysse Nardin rabbit watch
Classico Rabbit watch in champlevé and cloisonné enamel, rubies, and rose gold with a black alligator strap, $45,900; Ulysse Nardin
Castro rabbit pendant
Hand-engraved rabbit and carrot motif necklace in 9k gold with white rhodium plating, Castro Smith at Sotheby’s; $2,260
Lylie 9ct rabbit pendant
Round signet rabbit pendant on 30-inch chain in 9k gold, $2,141; Lylie
Patcharavipa tiny rabbit necklace
Tiny rabbit necklace in 18k rose gold, $981; Patcharavipa
Loquet london bunny charm
Rabbit charm in 18k gold and pink enamel with diamonds, $240 (pictured in locket with other charms, all sold separately), $250; Loquet London
Lydia Courteille
Rabbit ring in 18k gold with pink sapphires and rubellite, price on request; Lydia Courteille
Milamore lapel pin
Year of the Rabbit lapel pin in 18k gold with white, champagne, and brown diamonds, price on request; Milamore
Levian rabbit pendant
Rabbit pendant in 14k gold with Vanilla Topaz and Chocolate Diamonds, $2,048; Le Vian
Alexandra Roisier Charm Zodiac Lapin Or Rose Diamants Press
Zodiac rabbit charm in 18k rose gold with tsavorite and diamonds, $6,910; Alexandra Rosier
Chopard rabbit watches
From left: L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rabbit watch in 18k rose gold and Japanese lacquer on a nubuck-lined black alligator leather strap; Happy Sport Year of the Rabbit watch in 18k rose gold, stainless steel, mother-of-pearl, and diamonds on a red leather strap; prices on request, Chopard
Mio harutaka bunny ring
Bunny ring in 18k white gold and diamonds, $25,200; Mio Harutaka
Sydney Evan rabbit necklace
Bunny charm in 14k yellow gold with diamond, $1,135 (includes chain); Sydney Evan
Larkspur and Hawk rabbit charm
Emily’s Garden Isla rabbit pendant in 14k yellow gold with green chalcedony, tsavorite, and emerald, $2,850 (includes chain); Larkspur & Hawk
Hi June Parker Rabbit
Trickster signet ring in 14k gold with diamonds, $2,300; Hi June Parker

Top: At the tippity top of my wish list: This gorgeous Häre and the Trap signet ring in 9k gold with blue ceramic engraving, $2,793, from U.K.-based designer Castro Smith.

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Amy Elliott

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