3 January 2014

Animals, Birds and Insect Jewellery

Jewellery designs of nature featuring creatures have been in vogue for a long time. It was prominent in the Georgian and Victorian period. During the latter part of the 19th century animal themes took on different interpretations, as birds and claws were set in metal.

In the 1950s - 1960s there was an abundance of animal/insect themed costume jewellery, during this period the need for affordable quality was in demand, hence the popularity of jewellery made with enamel, perspex, rock crystal, etc.

Below is a selection of the beautiful insect and animal jewellery you will find at Grays.

A Victorian gemset bug brooch with folding clip wings, set with diamonds, natural pearl and rubies. Circa 1870. Offered by Charlotte Sayers.

Antique butterfly brooch with ruby diamond, sapphire & emerald. Offered by Emmy Abe.

A 20th century turquoise brooch in the form of a bee. Offered by Linda Bee.

1950s Reverse painted perspex butterfly brooches. Offered by Gillian Horsup.

Pretty green vitntage bug brooch with coloured paste. Offered by Tings Jewellery Box.


Multi gem set gold parrot with citrine, amethyst, tourmaline and more. By Van Cleef and Arpels. Offered by M Ventura-Pauly

Antique fox cufflinks. Platinum and gold Offered by Wimpole.

Vintage 18ct yellow gold horse brooch with emerald set eyes. Offered by Beaut.

A pair of onyx and malachite bird earrings c1880, very unusual. Offered by The Antique Jewellery Company.

Large vintage rhinestone and enamel bird brooch, offered by Unicorn.
Lea Stein collectable 1960s cat brooch. Offered by Linda Bee.

See more animal & insect inspired items here.

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