Bee and Insect Jewelry to Get You Dreaming of Spring 

I am in complete awe of most bugs and insects. In theory, or from behind glass, I’ll marvel at them, appreciating their wonder and everything they do for the Earth. But put one anywhere near me in real life and forget it—I’m hightailing it out of there.

Jewelry featuring these winged (or multilegged) creatures is the safe, perhaps less frightening way to show your love for them, which is why I’m so often drawn to designs featuring their likenesses. It’s also around this time of year that we might start to miss the sight of them, our bodies aching for spring, the sunshine and the flowers that bloom with it.

Brent Neale bee hive tassel earrings
Bee-Hive tassel earrings in 18k yellow gold with blue topaz and diamonds, price on request; Brent Neale
Always Aleda Greek bee charm
Greek bee ancient coin reproduction charm in 14k yellow gold, $575; Always, Aleda

With those flowers comes the busy bee, a sure sign that the weather is improving. Bees don’t want anything to do with the cold—a sentiment many of us can appreciate—so although I will literally scream (involuntarily!) if one buzzes my way, the sight of it is also somehow comforting.

Graziela sapphire bee necklace
Bee pendant in 18k yellow gold with sapphire, $4,490; Graziela
Alison Nagasue bee ring
Bee ring in 18k green gold with rhodolite hexagon, $2,900; Alison Nagasue

Bees are also a wonderful icon to gift for Valentine’s Day. Though not as on-theme as a heart or red and pink gems, this maker of honey is a splendid ode to someone’s, well, honey, or for the mama that holds one’s heart—the queen bee.

Lord Jewelry moth ring
Moth ring in 18k yellow gold with plique-à-jour enamel and 1.15 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Lord Jewelry
Arman Sarkisyan dragonfly earrings
Dragonfly earrings in 22k yellow gold and oxidized silver with emeralds and diamonds, $2,500; Arman Sarkisyan
Retrouvai jade butterfly pendant
Signature padlock butterfly intaglio pendant in 14k yellow gold with jade, $4,190; Retrouvaí

Yearning for spring means welcoming even the creepiest of crawlies, if it means life returning to the outdoors, working and buzzing and helping things grow. Not that any of these jewels is particularly creepy—bug jewelry can be insanely sweet, as aptly demonstrated here. Not to mention the beauty of the butterfly, one of the most fitting winged insects to decorate jewelry probably ever. A harbinger of spring and summer, the butterfly goes hand in hand with the start of a new season, demonstrating how a metamorphosis takes place.

Lydia Courteille butterfly ring
Butterfly brooch in 18k gold with rainbow chrysocolla, yellow beryl, garnet, fire opal, sapphire, tsavorite, amethyst, and diamonds, price on request; Lydia Courteille
Effy butterfly ring
Butterfly ring in 14k rose gold with ruby, pink sapphire, and diamonds, $2,517; Effy
Pamela Love scarab signet ring
Scarab signet ring in sterling silver, price on request; Pamela Love
Fewer Finer vintage scarab beetle charm
Vintage scarab beetle charm, $300; Fewer Finer

So, while we freeze through another couple of months, let’s look ahead to what’s to come—and share some springtime cheer with shoppers who are, like many, already thinking spring.

Top: One-of-a-kind honey bee cluster ring in 18k yellow gold and black rhodium with fancy diamonds, $21,000; Danger Jewels, Jewellery by Max Danger

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