A Diamond and Gold Serpent Bracelet From H.Stern’s Ancient America Collection

Jaguars, and birds, and serpents, oh my! And don’t forget turtles and fish too! It’s a veritable jungle in H.Stern’s latest jewelry collection, Ancient America. The just-arrived-in-stores line speaks to the pre–Columbian era belief of animism—the idea that spiritual beings exist in plants and animals. The theme inspired H.Stern designers to create a collection rich in animal likenesses and patterns: serpent styles coil around wrists and fingers; onyx and gold rectangular plates mimic the effect of fish scales; feathered gold wings of birds hover majestically on wearers. Meanwhile, onyx shelled Noble gold turtles are accented by cognac diamonds, and the jaguar’s spotted coat is re-created in rose gold with black and colorless pavé. Twenty-seven pieces in total are available in H.Stern boutiques and some partner stores. Retail prices start at $900—but can you really put a price on animal magnetism?

Serpent bracelet from H.Stern's new Ancient America collection

Serpent bracelet from the Ancient America collection in 18k Noble gold with 25.10 cts. t.w. black, colorless, and cognac diamonds; $81,700