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Butterfly Pendants, Pins and More

What is your favorite insect? I think nine out of ten people would say it was the butterfly. I’d venture to guess that many people don’t even think of this bug as an insect, imagining those creepy crawly nasty things have nothing to do with this magnificent winged creature. Just look at all the colorful butterfly wearable art available! How many cockroach brooches and ant earrings have you seen? Seriously, the butterfly is truly beautiful, despite the fact that it is, indeed, still a bug.

If you can open your eyes to a truly magnificent rendering of this insect, the creative butterfly jewelry designs here take you on a fantastic yet finite tour of fifteen wonderful examples of one artist’s conception of this critter. All of them have a look that ties them together, yet each one is truly unique. You like color? You’ll find it here in several lovely necklaces, earrings and pins. Are you more conservative? How about a sweet little sterling butterfly pendant or possibly the same design in 14K gold?

I find it interesting that different artists’ conception of this animal vary so widely. I suppose when seen through different eyes the butterfly could appear large, small, delicate, humorous, colorful or poetic. I’m sure there are hundreds if not thousands of poems dedicated to this little creature, so that last one is not as unusual as you might think.

Me, I’m a guy so I can’t wear the jewelry. But I’m also a connoisseur of fine porcelain, silver, gold and enamel butterfly designs, and these I happily collect whenever I can find them (not the easiest thing in the world). Besides having to endure the incredulous looks of shopkeepers, I have to get the items home in one piece, sometimes a challenge for my naturally butter-fingered self.

Sometimes I think “Oh that I could be a woman, able to pick up a lovely butterfly pendant in an antique store or thrift shop and bring it home to examine it more closely.” My sister does wear animal jewelry, and I keep vigilant on these shopping excursions, hoping for something lovely to give her for her birthday. In these cases, I can do just that. (Bringing them home for a closer inspection.) It’s a little bit like looking for colored glass on the seashore, an adventure becoming less and less satisfactory as plastic replaces glass bottles. Thus it is with antique butterfly jewelry.

Lucky for us all that there are jewelers still willing to make designs of the butterfly, and are following in the creative footsteps of their forefathers and mothers. From the sparkly rhinestone brooches of the 1940s and 50s to the more modern artisans of the 20th century artists have long been entranced by this little bug. I only hope this love and fascination follows them into the 21st century.

Give the Gift of Animal Themed Jewelry

I’m a big animal lover, animal fan, animal fanatic- however you want to put it. That’s why I can’t seem to get enough of jewelry depicting the little beasts, I suppose. I don’t think it’s an accident that people are instantly attracted to jewelry with an animal theme, especially when it’s well rendered. We’ve depended on animals for protection, affection and food for millennia.

In case you haven’t noticed, the election is over and we can now go about preparing for the holiday season. I think we all deserve to kick back a little and enjoy ourselves. It’s certainly been a tense couple of months, so time to unwind and think about some gift giving, eggnog and happier times.

Are you looking for something to brighten up the mood of a young friend? I think a pretty but affordable sterling silver pendant could be just the ticket. I know many of my friends are trying to cut down on their holiday budget this year, and I understand. But you can do that and still give tasteful and meaningful gift items to those you love. And if your little darling is a charm collector, you can go the other route with something like a pretty silver charm she can add to her collection.

For my money, these are two of the best jewelry items you can spend your holiday money on. I like gifting things that I know will actually be worn

Last year I decided to go a different direction and gave all my family rather expensive coffee table books. I think I surprised them; in the past I’ve gone the route of lovely gold or silver jewelry or attractive jewelry boxes. Oh, did I neglect to say that the coffee table books were about jewelry around the world? I don’t seem to stray very far from the subject at hand.

If you are feeling extra flush and want to be a bit more flamboyant, there are still a lot of bargains in gold and gemstones. Of course, you can expect to pay more for high quality items, so do your selecting carefully. I like to pick things out in person if at all possible- I always like to see and feel the stone myself, and see it under different lighting, but that’s just me.

Enjoy your shopping, and have fun! The best part for me is picking out the gifts and imagining the look on the face of my friend or family member when the realization hits- this is a gift that was tenderly chosen, and just for her.

More on Animal Themed Sterling Silver Jewelry

I have a lot to say about this topic. If I didn’t love animals, I doubt I’d have this as my personal “hobby horse,” but as I do love them, (practically all of them), you’ll have to indulge me. Or skip this page- it’s up to you!

One of my favorite sites has some of my favorite animal jewelry. I’m not talking about cutesy generic dogs (even their unique dog charms have mountainous amounts of character) but animals that frequent zoos and exotic locales. Yes, sterling silver pendants , earrings and charms that include some of the least seen items in the entire jewelry world.

I am a sucker for jewelry that is well made and has an artistic touch. Take this cunning little monkey charm – can’t you imagine him in motion? To me the charm is like an instant of simian life frozen in time. If I wore charm bracelets (that is, if I were female) I’d start a dozen of them, both silver and gold. I’d load them up with unique little gems like this one.

And of course I’d match them up with silver earrings, pins, pendants and so forth. Why stop with just the charm? For women who don’t care to have their ears pierced a charm bracelet is the perfect alternate way to collect dozens of wonderful wearable art pieces. The only problem is that with so many of them the individual charms might go unnoticed. Another good reason to have several bracelets with fewer charms on each. Have you considered starting different charm bracelets for different topics (or animals?) This could be a great way to handle the over-crowding issue. My grandma had a gold charm bracelet that was so heavy she reserved wearing it for extra special occasions. I doubt if the idea of thinning the charms into separate bracelets ever occurred to her.

Christmas is over, but Valentines Day is just around the corner. This is a good time to start thinking about a perfect piece for your love. No need to panic if you give it a little thought a few weeks in advance. I hate to say it, but it’s only about 5 weeks in the future! Online jewelry stores are the perfect solution, since hundreds of choices are just a mouse click away. How in the world did we survive before the internet?

I still favor the traditional red heart for Valentines Day; however, if your special someone is an animal lover, you know which direction I’d point you.

But a red ruby or a sparkling diamond in a beautiful setting is always a tasteful choice. As far as I know this animal jewelry site doesn’t carry gemstones. However there are surely a lot of them available, and in this economy you might get a wonderful deal.

 

Unusual Sterling Silver Earrings

I’m always on the lookout for unique sterling silver earrings , and I especially like the animal themed ones. Let’s face it, there are thousands upon thousands of sterling earrings advertised and sold on the internet, as well as in mall kiosks and stores. It’s refreshing to locate jewelry that’s surprising and fun among all the riff-raff. it’s one of my favorite things to do in fact!

For instance, dolphin earrings in silver have got to be one of the most common jewelry designs ever created. I thought it was just a passing fad back in the 1980s, but here we are over 20 years later and they haven’t yet lost their appeal. Almost everywhere I turn I see dolphin earrings in sterling silver with or without diamond eyes, .925 dolphin earrings with different finishes, and of course in a myriad of poses. Most, of course, are busy leaping from the “water,” the way most people tend to envision this animal. But please, artists make your animal jewelry at least marginally anatomically correct. You do know what I’m talking about, right? You’ve seen the crazy ones too right? I mean when I look for unique jewelry pieces I don’t mean I’m looking for odd shaped things.

When examining earrings of a particular type, something unusual tends to pop out at you. Cat earrings are like that too. Most of them are too cutesy for my taste, but since all artists have their own vision, there’s not a lot I can do about it. I like earrings that have a nice feeling, something artistic and if possible, hand made. They don’t have to be “edgy” and in fact I’m sometimes bored and often confused with what passes for artistic wearable art. Especially if it’s animal jewelry you’re talking about. I like animals to basically look like animals. Maybe I’m just old fashioned.

But having said that, I must admit I enjoy stylized animal jewelry as well. Maybe that’s what attracts me to primitive art. Some of the jewelry and religious charms originated in societies that really saw the essence of the design and created work that communicates on a very basic level. Have you ever seen the beautiful art in those famous caves in France? Yes, now that is art at a very basic level indeed.

One of the best metals for making this type of jewelry is sterling silver. I love sterling silver earings. I think they go well with almost anything and seem to be timeless in fashion. I know sometimes it seems like white gold or titanium is in fashion but sterling silver is always there when you need it. and silver is usually one of the first metals we get jewelry in when we are starting on our collecting journey. It’s not because it’s cheaper, because some pieces can be quite expensive, but I believe it’s because it is easier to mix and match in our wardrobe. It doesn’t require much sophistication since it goes with almost anything.

I guess that’s one of the appealing things about sterling silver jewelry. It’s instantly interesting (how many people are there who actually don’t like it) so from that point it’s just up to the artist to do something creative and inspirational, like sterling silver earrings that knock your socks off!