Call of the Wild Jewelry, Part 2: Fur

The September 2010 issue of Vogue devotes an eight-page fashion spread featuring performance artist Nick Cave in outrageous and elaborate furry costumes to the proposition that “fur can transform even the most traditional accessories into something fantastical.” Vogue adds: “Whether it’s rawhide wrapping a neutral satchel or black shag trimming a saddlebag, fur is going where it hasn’t gone before.”

Vogue focuses on handbags and shoes, but overlooks another accessory that has taken to fur: jewelry, although arguably the mink collar by Louis Vuitton worn with a cashmere top shown in the magazine functions very much like a necklace:

A neck accessory incorporating fur that unmistakably crosses the line into the realm of jewelry is seen in this Louis Vuitton mink necklace with gold-plated links, pictured in the September 2010 issue of Town & Country:

The September 2010 issue of Elle magazine advises that “Small doses of unexpected fur have big impact.” In this regard, Elle features a mink fur ring from Louis Vuitton:

Louis Vuitton is not the only designer utilizing fur to make statement jewelry. A pair of limited-edition deco-style fur hoop earrings from the design team Sachin + Babi were featured back in the July 2010 issue of Elle:

Yves Saint Laurent is offering a cuff of leather and antelope fur, pictured in the September 2010 issue of Elle (shown below). Yes, this is the same mystery cuff from the August 2010 issue of Marie Claire magazine I pictured in my last post, wondering whether it was made of fur or feathers.

Utilizing fur as a material in jewelry is an excellent way to recycle vintage fur. Speaking of vintage, you may come across some charming mid-Century vintage jewelry that incorporates fur, including brooches depicting whimsical poodles and other animals as well as more elegant necklaces and bracelets.

And, of course, nothing says that the fur must be genuine. Faux fur too can provide material for striking, on-trend jewelry designs.

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