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The Wildest Jewels Coming to Las Vegas


Consumers crave whimsy in their jewels, as 2022 demonstrated with its wild offering of animal-themed designs.

Wearable animal icons have, of course, endured for decades—butterflies, snakes, spiders, and scarabs have rich histories in jewelry form—but there’s a menagerie of new bejeweled creatures on the market.

At the 2022 JCK show in Las Vegas, animal jewelry was a mini trend, a budding category catering to post-pandemic dopamine dressing—particularly in fine jewelry. We had high jewelry versions of elephants, fish, and hummingbirds, to name a few, with some surprising offerings from brands that don’t typically dabble in whimsy.

At this year’s JCK, expect that trend to expand. What was just beginning to bubble to the surface last year should have boiled over into increased consumer awareness, leading to more brands contributing to the market with their own versions of animal jewelry for 2023.

Below, some of the wildest finds you might encounter at the upcoming JCK show in Las Vegas.

Shula Flamingo pendant
Flamingo pendant in 14k yellow gold with 0.2 ct. t.w. rubies and 0.02 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,225; Shula
Sofragem Funny Frog
Funny frog brooch in 18k rose gold with amethyst cabochon and tsavorite, price on request; Sofragem


Asher butterfly pendant
Butterfly pendant in 14k yellow gold with diamonds, $1,495; Asher
Jorge Revilla snake earrings
Cleo earrings in 18k gold-plated silver, $180; Jorge Revilla
Alp Sagnak spider ring
Spider ring in 14k yellow gold and silver with reverse intaglio spider citrine, 0.65 ct. t.w. black diamonds, and 0.08 ct. t.w. rubies, $8,000; Alp Sagnak
Daviani butterfly ring
Butterfly ring in white gold with sapphires and diamonds, price on request; Daviani
Supreme Jewelry snake ring
Snake ring in 18k white gold and black rhodium with tsavorite garnet and 0.3 ct. citrine, $5,369; Supreme Jewelry


Royal Chain butterfly necklace
Butterfly necklace in 14k yellow gold, $970; Royal Chain
Songa Antonio snake pendant
Snake pendant in 18k yellow gold, price on request; Songa
Brenda Smith dragonfly brooch
Dragonfly brooch with ammolite, 8.05 ct. citrine, 4.95 cts. t.w. green tourmaline, 3.63 cts. t.w. citrine bullets, 7.44 ct. fire agate, and 0.131 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Brenda Smith


Dallas Prince black spinel panther bangle
Dallas by Night panther bangle bracelet in sterling silver with 19.61 cts. t.w. black spinel and 0.3 ct. t.w. chrome diopside, $1,750; Dallas Prince


Shy Creation butterfly necklace
Butterfly necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.09 ct. ruby and 0.16 ct. t.w. diamonds, $870; Shy Creation

Top: One-of-a-kind sculpted stag brooch in 18k yellow gold with black onyx and emerald, price on request; 18 Carat House

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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