Jewelry Trend: Animal Instinct

Jewelry Trend: Animal Instinct

Bring the wild into your accessories style with animal-centric jewelry. Beautiful and eccentric, these pieces evoke some of nature’s most enchanting creatures.

Any woman wearing one of these bedazzling accessories will surely feel emboldened to take on the energy of whichever fierce creature she adorns. From a Crocodile-necklace inspired by a glamorous Mexican actress who was known to tow along live crocodiles while shopping at Cartier to bestiary brooches first designed in 1866, we’ve curated the most stunning jewelry.


The Diamond Snake Huggie Earrings by Zoe Lev Los Angeles are handcrafted with pave diamonds within a 14k Yellow solid gold setting. Emerald eyes are the main attraction here, as the bold hue really pops.




The 14k Yellow Solid Gold Lion Pendant by Avianne is a bold and rare statement piece (and a perfect gift for any Leo in your life).



Van Cleef & Arpels’ Two Butterfly Earrings are a stunning combination of yellow gold, diamond, and turquoise. This pair is just part of the brand’s Two Butterfly Collection.



Cartier’s María Félix High-Jeweled Crocodile Necklace is a statement piece, to say the least. It consists of 60.02 carats of yellow diamonds and 66.86 carats of emeralds. María Félix was a Mexican actress who commissioned the line in 1975 by the jewelry house. The collection consists of four distinctive necklaces, all featuring a crocodile.



Cartier also has the iconic Panthére de Cartier, known as the emblem of the brand. The panther-esque line has been reinvented many times over since the feline first made its debut for the Maison in 1914. Standout pieces include a ring made of yellow gold, emeralds, diamonds, and onyx; a necklace of white gold, emeralds, diamonds, and onyx; and distinct bracelets and watches.



Boucheron’s Stag Beetle Brooch is made of rubies, diamonds, gold, and white gold. The sparkler was made in 1895. What’s so great about this piece? It’s versatile, with a removable back pin, which means you can use it to adorn your clothing, hair, or even wear it on a chain. The iconic jewelry brand has an entire Animaux De Collection.



About The Author


Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.

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