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Avian-Inspired Jewels: Winged Wonders & Feathered Finery

As you may have read in the March issue of JCK, wings and feathers are having their heyday as a design motif in jewelry. Beyond butterflies and bees, birds too are the inspiration for popular motifs. Avian-influenced designs appear in versions ranging from chunky statement necklaces to delicate fine jewels.

The release of the Disney movie Oz the Great and Powerful has spawned a collection of designs inspire by the movie and sold on HSN, including this dramatic feathered wing necklace featured in a current ad.

A recent ad for designer Roberto Cavalli showcases an enormous wing design statement necklace.

On a smaller scale, earrings with a dramatic feathered wing motif from Noor Fares are spotlighted in a feature on black and gold designs in the December 2012January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Also pictured are necklaces from Alexis Bittar and Juicy Couture; a bracelet from Amelie Riech for Pacolab by Paco Rabanne; and rings from Verdura, Isharya, Past Era, and Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry.

Diamond drop earrings in the form of stylized birds or wings by Gilan are featured in the March 2013 issue of Town & Country. Other jewelry included in a Western-theme collection of “natural wonders” are a faceted double orb ring from H.Stern, a Kimberly McDonald diamond cuff, and a trio of rose gold and diamond bracelets from Pomellato. The gold-plated warthog skull by Eduardo Garza is a life-sized replica, not an item of jewelry.

The November 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar features on its list of objects of desire, a range of accessories incorporating feathers and wings, including a pair of feathered motif earrings from Chanel Fine Jewelry. Also pictured is a salamander necklace form Lanvin and a monkey-adorned ring from Wendy Yue.

Actress AnnaSophia Robb is pictured in the April 2013 issue of People StyleWatch repeatedly wearing an 18k gold swallow necklace from Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle. A somewhat similar gold-plated bird pendant from Moon and Lola is presented as an option to readers. 

The March 2013 issue of InStyle contains a beautiful six-page spread focusing on avian jewels that, inlaid with precious stones, “take artistry to new heights.” Among the designs featured are a pair of diamond, garnet, sterling silver and 24k gold duck earrings from Sevan Biçakçi and a diamond, ruby, and gold and silver sparrow ring from Munnu/the Gem Palace.

Also pictured in the March 2013 issue of InStyle: a peacock feather bracelet of diamond, tourmaline, iolite, sapphire, and tsavorite garnet from Carrera y Carrera.

A diamond and 18k white gold feather brooch from Chanel Fine Jewelry is another avian-inspired jewel in the March issue of InStyle. Do pick up a copy of the magazine to see the rest of the magnificent avian-inspired jewels spotlighted.