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Bee-Bedecked Jewels

Not only butterflies are flitting into the collective fashion conscience along with the abundance of floral designs this spring. It’s also the season for bees.

One set of show-stopping looks that have received enormous editorial coverage are the beekeeper designs of Alexander McQueen including a wide bee-covered choker necklace, modeled in this photo from a Neiman Marcus ad appearing in the March 2013 issue of Vogue.

Here’s a close-up of the necklace on a model drenched in honey, from a current Alexander McQueen ad.

The necklace is pictured with a honeycomb dress also from Alexander McQueen in a fashion spread in the March 2013 issue of Vogue.

The same issue of Vogue also spotlights a bee-bedecked bracelet from Alexander McQueen, explaining the fascination with the bee design motif: “As Egyptian mythology has it, swarms of bees migrating across the desert first tumbled to Earth as tears from Ra, the ancient sun god. In keeping with Alexander McQueen’s romantic, macabre sensibility, Sarah Burton’s latter-day insects, rendered in brass—each glimmering with a topaz-crystal abdomen—are meticulously handcrafted by Italian artisans and affixed to tortoiseshell-patterned Plexiglas cuffs.”

An editor for InStyle magazine references the bee-influenced Alexander McQueen show, nothing that “the buzzing soundtrack made you feel as though you were in a hive.” Her jewelry choices in the March 2013 issue of the magazine: a pair of bee-shaped bronze earrings from Pamela Love, and a trio of honeycomb-shape brass rings from Jennifer Fisher.

People Style Watch features a bee-adorned enamel cuff from Wimberly Inc. in this spread featuring the blue and green hues of the season. Actress Rashida Jones is pictured wearing a Dannijo necklace.