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