A Jeweled Menagerie: Wild Animals & Other Assorted Critters

Animal designs in jewelry are back on the fashion scene—many of them depicting untamed creatures we wouldn’t normally find in our environs. From wild felines to wild birds—with a nod toward cute and fluffy critters too—animal jewelry is worth capturing for any jewelry wardrobe.

The November 2012 issue of Lucky proclaims that “Bedazzled animals are back—and more glamorous than ever.” Pictured are a combination of fine and costume pieces ranging in price from $59 to $8,250. Clockwise from top left: a crystal pavé bird bracelet form Fantasy Jewelry Box; a multicolored diamond, emerald, and 14k rose gold wildcat ring from Effy; a diamond, sapphire, platinum, and 18k gold bird necklace from Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.; Swarovski crystal parrot earrings from Elizabeth Cole Jewelry; a “Man o’ War” stylized horse ring from Plukka.com; a crystal owl pendant necklace from Swarovski; fox earrings of pavé diamonds, emeralds, and 14k gold from Sydney Evan; and snake earrings of white sapphires, rubies, black rhodium, and sterling silver from Elizabeth and James.

The November issue of Lucky also displays a selection of five flora and fauna rings of cubic zirconia, including a frog and an enormous octopus, from Noir Jewelry and a gem-encrusted necklace from Alexis Bittar for Jason Wu.

The October 2012 issue of Real Simple calls animal motifs “the most wearable trend right now”: “From the mighty jungle to the enchanted forest, critters of all kinds are hot to trot for fall…There’s something for everyone, whether you want to get full-on fierce or just a bit wild.” The jewelry pictured consists of a pair of enamel cuffs embellished with ornate animal reliefs from Wimberly Inc.; and a necklace of wood and quartz beads accented with a Swarovski crystal-accented panther from Alexis Bittar.

A bejeweled bird brooch from Iradj Moini is among the choices for “Fabulous at Every Age” in the October 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Also pictured is a Marni pendant necklace, a ring from Jack Vartanian, and Herve Van der Straeten earrings.

The September 2012 issue of Elle presents a series of fairy tale vignettes. For a focus on Prince Charming, Elle features a sapphire, diamond and emerald frog ring from Lydia Courteille; a gunmetal mesh and leather necklace from Etro; a gold and diamond necklace with jet-bead glass-jar pendant from Love and Luck Jewelry by Casey Singer; and a striped enameled-gold brooch from Muriel Grateau. The model wears a gunmetal ring from Etro.

For a Little Red Riding Hood vignette, the September Elle pictures a fox ring of sterling silver, cubic zirconia, and resin from Miriam Salat and a painted enamel flower choker from Salvatore Ferragamo.

Also pictured in the September 2012 issue of Elle is this styling that features leather tiger-head cuffs, a crystal-embellished tiger-head necklace, and rubber chokers—all from Lanvin. The model also wears a gold and diamond ring from H.Stern and a white gold, moonstone, and amethyst ring from Deborah Pagani. The jacket, dress, and pants are from Chanel; the handbag from Oscar de la Renta.

“Claws out and puffed up, feline-inspired add-ons are the pick of the litter,” proclaims the August 2012 issue of Marie Claire. The jewelry pictured consists of a wild cat necklace from Nick Von K; tooth-shape pierced earrings from Shaun Leane at Radiance, and a cutout style wild cat bracelet from Cartier.

The September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar also highlights wild cats: “With feline references and motifs cropping up all over town, it’s clearly the year of the cat.” Pictured are earrings from Anita Ko and David Webb.

The design house Anne Klein has reintroduced its lion-themed jewelry as part of the Leo Legacy Collection. This cobranded ad with Macy’s pictures a charm bracelet with lion-themed charms along with a wristwatch.

Chanel Fine Jewelry has introduced a new lion-themed jewelry line paying homage to founder Coco Chanel’s astrological sign, Leo, as part of the recognition of the design house’s 80th anniversary. The lions are carved in quartz and rock crystal. Above is a page from the July 2012 issue of Marie Claire extolling the collection.

If all the wild beasts are a bit too fierce, a teddy bear brooch from Amazon.com pinned to the lapel of her coat is the choice of fashion icon Alexa Chung in this photo spread from the October 2012 issue of Glamour.