Each year, or in some cases a number of years, one animal or another seems to dominate the trends, from fashion to jewelry and home decor. By no coincidence, the Chinese calendar imparts its influence, from the coiled, slithering jewels that rose during the Year of the Snake to the equestrian-inspired styles seen this year, the Year of the Horse. But aside from those albeit gorgeous and popular looks, a number of other wild designs are making the rounds in a number of industries, jewelry being one of them. Below, some of my favorite stand-out species.
Peacocking (v): display oneself ostentatiously; strut like a peacock. Or, according the Urban Dictionary, dressing for attention.
The peacock motif—be it the entire animal or just its majestic feathers—has been popular for quite some time, with that popularity dwindling over the past couple of years. But I think it’s on the uptick again, and I have been seeing more designs that show off as much. And if peacocking defines the art of dressing for attention, what better way to demand a response than with jewels like these?
Under the Sea. The nautical trend naturally gives way to a more literal interpretation of sea life, with creatures from the ocean such as seahorses, starfish, and even mermaids (not exactly what you’d traditionally call an animal, but maybe half?). Especially in the final breaths of summer, these motifs reign supreme (and bring memories of warmer weather when the temperatures drop).
Super safari. Like it or not, leopard print isn’t going anywhere (though some wish it would). But a more literal translation of the safari trend is given life with animal favorites such as zebras, elephants (thought to bring luck!) and wild cats such as panthers, cheetahs, and the mighty lion.
What’s bugging you? I’ll be the first to admit it: Even the tiniest spider is cause to send me clear across the room. But in jewelry, the arachnid is less scary, more interesting, and, dare I say, cool, even. The same goes for other oft-threatening species like scorpions. We’ve been seeing a ton of designs featuring bumblebees, a motif I love even if I cower in fear of getting stung by the real thing. And finally, the never-scary, perennial favorite: the butterfly.
What are your favorite animal-inspired jewels to sell in store? Share in the comments!
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