Animal Motifs in Custom Made Jewelry
Are you an animal lover? Add a sense of play and the spark of nature to your custom jewelry with animal motifs. Get your favorite creature great or small in an eye-catching piece that will show off your passion. The incredible diversity of the animal kingdom can inspire almost limitless ideas. Come see the fauna that grace the CustomMade jewelry galleries and perhaps some of the following pieces will help bring your own creation into focus.
Some patterns and shapes are instantly associated with animals, such as tiger stripes or butterfly wings. Working a pattern or shape from the animal world into a custom jewelry design can abstractly evoke your favorite animal and still leave considerable freedom for the piece’s composition. The dangling lamp work beads capture the distinctive red and black carapace of the ladybug in this ladybug bracelet by Body More Beautiful. The texture of the thick scherzo weave chain maille design, created with jump rings and Swarovski crystals, looks almost like vines grown knotted over themselves, a perfect home for the little beetles.
A realistic portrayal of an animal’s form in custom made jewelry is sure to elicit some gasps of recognition, and if the creature is small enough, some onlookers might even wonder if it is real. Take a look at this bumblebee cuff, branch series, by Bertoni Designs. The exquisite little bee looks so natural on the bronze and sterling silver branches that make up the bracelet, and the green patina makes this piece seem almost organic.
Animal figures added as charms into a custom jewelry piece can make arresting centerpieces. This charming little elephant epitomizes the exotic, romantic “Jungle Book” vision at the heart of this “Passage to India” necklace by McGlamorous, made from natural carnelian chips, heishe, crystals, wood, glass, and metal.
Sometimes the form of an animal can inspire the form of the jewelry itself. The graceful stances of the herons in this custom gold wildlife necklace by Ramsey Studios frame this entire piece, from the entwined legs that surround the blue chalcedony pendant and the bodies around the boulder opal centerpiece, to the beaks that join the display pieces to the chain. This necklace earned Karen Ramsey both the 1st place award for finished women’s jewelry and the Jeweler’s Choice Award at the 2005 Bench Magazine’s International Jeweler’s Passion Design Competition. This necklace is part of a limited edition of 12.