Animals have featured in jewellery designs for thousands of years. Hugely popular in the Victorian era, this fashion for had a further renaissance in the 1960’s when companies such as Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels started to incorporate powerful and charming creatures into their jewellery ranges.
Lot 138 in the upcoming Jewellery sale on 20 May is a brooch modelled as a playful lion with emerald eyes and a pave set diamond muzzle. Just like its animal counterpart, this is sure to be a powerful piece in the sale.
A more tranquil animal often featured in jewellery is the deer. Lot 72 is a silver Georg Jensen brooch modelled as a kneeling doe within a field of flowers.
Although not strictly an animal, lot 3 is a beautiful diamond and sapphire brooch in the form of an Egret feather mounted with a diamond coronet. For centuries feathers have featured heavily in fashion and the jewellery of monarchies, they have become a symbol of wealth and power.
McTear’s sells more jewellery than any other Scottish auction house in the dedicated jewellery auctions that take place twice monthly, run concurrently live online on a platform that attracts six million visitors annually from over 120 countries worldwide.
Written by Amy Cameron