Is there any creature more majestic than a bird? That which can soar sky high, gliding with the wind, wings spread wide? Except pigeons. I would completely understand if you couldn’t get behind pigeons.
But the exotic allure of the flamingo, the majesty of the eagle, the peaceful presence of the dove? I even think chickens are pretty cool (which is why I tend not to eat them, though everyone has a moment of weakness when something is deep fried, right?).
I believe that’s why bird jewelry is so timeless, because of everything the winged wonders represent. The ability of flight, the taste of freedom, and the doorway to spirituality, if you’re into that sort of thing. There is a feeling of immense power—of strength—when one dons the figure of a bird. It’s never a bad idea for a retailer to have a selection of feathered finery such as these on hand. Here are some of the most magical finds of late.
Floral peacock earrings in sterling silver with glass, price on request; Amrapali
Hummingbird sky blue pendant in sterling silver with Italian enamel, $225; Belle Étoile
Among My Swan necklace in 14k yellow gold with antique plated finish and rose-cut moonstones, $960; Blackbird and the Snow
Dove pendant in white gold with 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $650; KC Designs
Swan brooch in platinum with 1 ct. South Sea pearl and 2.22 cts. t.w. diamonds, $54,000; Oscar Heyman
Aviary stud earrings in gold-plated sterling silver with diamonds, $160; Rebecca Hook Jewelry
Animalier collection ring in 18k white gold with 7.44 cts. t.w. black, orange, and yellow sapphires and 0.9 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Roberto Coin
One-of-a-kind eagle earrings in 18k white gold with turquoise and 2.48 cts. t.w. brown, 1.55 cts. t.w. black, and 1.15 cts. t.w. white diamonds, price on request; Lydia Courteille