search
  • English speaking customer support only

    Toll Free - USA & Canada only:
    1-800-464-1640

    International:
    +66-39303404

  • Change Language
  • USD

Animal Motif Gemstone Jewelry

Giraffe Rose Gold, Enamel and Gemstone Ring
Giraffe Rose Gold, Enamel and Gemstone Ring

Nowadays, anyone can feel some animal attraction by wearing their favorite animal, not as a tacky motif on a sweatshirt or as a "Life Gem" that is made up of the deceased animal's ashes, but as a piece of jewelry. Cartier has the panther, but there is no reason why we should be limited to one single animal when the animal kingdom is so diverse.

Animals have featured in jewelry for centuries, from ancient Egyptian scarab beetles and cobras to Cartier's iconic panther. Most high jewelry houses have featured collections of animals. For example, Chopard have an "Animal World" collection that celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2010 and Boucheron have "The Audacious Menagerie". In the Chopard collection is a Regal Tiger Necklace that makes use of fire opal for the tiger's face, which is surrounded by a cascade of colored diamond and moonstone gems. One of the most interesting pieces in the Boucheron collection is a turtle ring with emerald eyes and a shell fashioned from carved tiger's eye. A similar turtle ring is rose gold with diamond eyes and has a shell carved from rose quartz.

Jewelry lovers far and wide enjoy fun jewelry in the form of animals. For example, Jackie Kennedy Onassis liked her collection of "critters". One of these was a beautiful jade butterfly brooch. Some people identify with a certain animal; there are dog people and cat people, and others may have a totemic animal, astrological creature or spirit animal that they feel represents their personality.

Silver and Enamel Frog Ring
Silver and Enamel Frog Ring

Different animals suggest different things. For example, tigers, panthers and lions are powerful, regal creatures. Others, such as the dragon and phoenix are fantastic and mythical. The flamingo, swan and peacock are flamboyant and graceful. Chameleons, snails, frogs and geckos are different and quirky. Spiders, scorpions and snakes are sensual and dangerous. Jewelry with animal motifs can sometimes give hints as to the wearer's style and nature. Some animal jewelry is big, bold and only for the daring jewelry lover and other pieces incorporate animal motifs while remaining subtle.

Animal themed jewelry may be made from small, closely-set gemstones, from enamel or other materials such as gold or other precious metals. Enameling became sophisticated and popular during the Art Nouveau era, when jewelry had natural forms and flowing lines. During this time, enamel was fashioned into very realistic looking animal features, such as dragonfly wings or peacock feathers. Among the best examples of this are a "Dragonfly Woman" brooch (diamond, moonstone, chrysoprase and enamel) and a nine-headed serpent corsage ornament (gold and enamel) by Réné Lalique.

Black Gold Bird Brooch with White Sapphire, Black Spinel, Pink Sapphire and Tsavorite Garnet
Black Gold Bird Brooch with Colored Gemstones

Contemporary Italian jewelry brand, Roberto Coin, known for the use of a signature ruby in each jewelry piece, has an amazing array of animal jewels. These jewels are minutely detailed masterpieces. Also, the work of Parisian jeweler, Lydia Courteille is comprised of some of the most startlingly unique and creative pieces that really bring the animal theme to life. These stunning jewels include bright pink tourmaline and sapphire rabbits, and two tsavorite and brown diamond lizards with red ruby eyes that encircle green turquoise on a black rhodium gold ring.

For those who like something a little less cuddly and cute, there is a plethora of reptiles and other interesting creatures. Snakes lend themselves well to jewelry forms such as rings and bangles. In fact, the ancient Greeks made some exquisite golden snake armlets and the ancient Egyptians had golden diadems and other serpent-themed pieces. One of the most stunning pieces of snake jewelry is a Boucheron Python Bracelet, which contains 700 tsavorite garnets, 440 sapphires and 120 diamonds all set in white gold. With regard to other reptiles, a notable crocodile necklace was designed by Cartier. The necklace was commissioned by Mexican actress, María Félix in 1975. It features two crocodiles made of yellow gold, one of which is set with 1023 fancy yellow diamonds and emerald cabochon eyes, and the other has 1060 emeralds and ruby cabochon eyes. The two crocodiles are fully articulated and can be separated and worn as brooches.

Gold Cocktail Ring with Spessartite Garnet
Gold Cocktail Ring with Spessartite Garnet

One of the most stunning water creatures shown in a piece of jewelry is the Van Cleef and Arpels Carpe Koï Watch Bracelet. This tribute to the Japanese culture takes the form of a koi carp and contains a staggering 8,000 gemstones in both yellow and white gold. The gem types used to depict the happy fish features are diamond, yellow sapphire, spessartite garnet, black spinel and Paraiba-like tourmaline. The watch dial is also set with gems and is cleverly hidden inside the mouth of the fish, which opens and closes when the head is lightly pressed.

For those who have a taste for the unusual, British punk style jewelry designer, Stephen Webster created jewels in the form of extraordinary creatures such as a deep sea black shrimp, scorpions and spiders. Webster's jewelry has a darker side and more edgy look than mainstream jewelry designs.

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for art and jewelry, and art often mirrors nature. Producing animal inspired jewelry showcases design techniques and creative talent. Moreover, the animal kingdom is so vast that there is an almost limitless choice of creatures that offer stimulation for the imagination. Animal jewelry can be appreciated by everyone, no matter what jewelry style is required.

  • First Published: July-14-2015
  • Last Updated: November-07-2018
  • © 2005-2019 GemSelect.com all rights reserved.
    Reproduction (text or graphics) without the express written consent of GemSelect.com (SETT Company Ltd.) is strictly prohibited.
Popular Gemstones
  • Shop Sapphire Gemstones Sapphire
  • Shop Emerald Gemstones Emerald
  • Shop Ruby Gemstones Ruby
  • Shop Aquamarine Gemstones Aquamarine
  • Shop Zircon Gemstones Zircon
  • Shop Opal Gemstones Opal
  • Shop Topaz Gemstones Topaz
  • Shop Tourmaline Gemstones Tourmaline
  • Shop Garnet Gemstones Garnet
  • Shop Amethyst Gemstones Amethyst
  • Shop Citrine Gemstones Citrine
  • Shop Tanzanite Gemstones Tanzanite
All Gemstones (143)
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T V Z
  • Shop Actinolite Cat's Eye Gemstones Actinolite Cat's Eye
  • Shop Agate Gemstones Agate
  • Shop Agate Geode Gemstones Agate Geode
  • Shop Almandine Garnet Gemstones Almandine Garnet
  • Shop Amazonite Gemstones Amazonite
  • Shop Amethyst Gemstones Amethyst
  • Shop Amethyst Geode Gemstones Amethyst Geode
  • Shop Ametrine Gemstones Ametrine
  • Shop Ammolite Gemstones Ammolite
  • Shop Andalusite Gemstones Andalusite
  • Shop Andesine Labradorite Gemstones Andesine Labradorite
  • Shop Apatite Gemstones Apatite
  • Shop Aquamarine Gemstones Aquamarine
  • Shop Aventurine Gemstones Aventurine
  • Shop Beryl Gemstones Beryl
  • Shop Black Opal Gemstones Black Opal
  • Shop Bloodstone Gemstones Bloodstone
  • Shop Boulder Opal Gemstones Boulder Opal
  • Shop Calcite Gemstones Calcite
  • Shop Carnelian Gemstones Carnelian
  • Shop Cat's Eye Apatite Gemstones Cat's Eye Apatite
  • Shop Cat's Eye Aquamarine Gemstones Cat's Eye Aquamarine
  • Shop Cat's Eye Augite Gemstones Cat's Eye Augite
  • Shop Cat's Eye Gemstones Gemstones Cat's Eye Gemstones
  • Shop Cat's Eye Moonstone Gemstones Cat's Eye Moonstone
  • Shop Cat's Eye Opal Gemstones Cat's Eye Opal
  • Shop Cat's Eye Scapolite Gemstones Cat's Eye Scapolite
  • Shop Chalcedony Gemstones Chalcedony
  • Shop Charoite Gemstones Charoite
  • Shop Chocolate Opal Gemstones Chocolate Opal
  • Shop Chrome Diopside Gemstones Chrome Diopside
  • Shop Chrome Tourmaline Gemstones Chrome Tourmaline
  • Shop Chrysoberyl Gemstones Chrysoberyl
  • Shop Chrysocolla Gemstones Chrysocolla
  • Shop Chrysoprase Gemstones Chrysoprase
  • Shop Citrine Gemstones Citrine
  • Shop Citrine Geode Gemstones Citrine Geode
  • Shop Color-Change Diaspore Gemstones Color-Change Diaspore
  • Shop Color-Change Fluorite Gemstones Color-Change Fluorite
  • Shop Color-Change Garnet Gemstones Color-Change Garnet
  • Shop Color-Change Sapphire Gemstones Color-Change Sapphire
  • Shop Coral Gemstones Coral
  • Shop Demantoid Garnet Gemstones Demantoid Garnet
  • Shop Dendritic Agate Gemstones Dendritic Agate
  • Shop Diamond Gemstones Diamond
  • Shop Emerald Gemstones Emerald
  • Shop Enstatite Gemstones Enstatite
  • Shop Fire Agate Gemstones Fire Agate
  • Shop Fire Opal Gemstones Fire Opal
  • Shop Fluorite Gemstones Fluorite
  • Shop Fossil Coral Gemstones Fossil Coral
  • Shop Garnet Gemstones Garnet
  • Shop Golden Beryl Gemstones Golden Beryl
  • Shop Grandidierite Gemstones Grandidierite
  • Shop Grossularite Garnet Gemstones Grossularite Garnet
  • Shop Hawk's Eye Gemstones Hawk's Eye
  • Shop Hematite Gemstones Hematite
  • Shop Hemimorphite Druzy Gemstones Hemimorphite Druzy
  • Shop Hessonite Garnet Gemstones Hessonite Garnet
  • Shop Hiddenite Gemstones Hiddenite
  • Shop Howlite Gemstones Howlite
  • Shop Idocrase Gemstones Idocrase
  • Shop Imperial Topaz Gemstones Imperial Topaz
  • Shop Iolite Gemstones Iolite
  • Shop Jade Gemstones Gemstones Jade Gemstones
  • Shop Jadeite Gemstones Jadeite
  • Shop Jasper Gemstones Jasper
  • Shop Kornerupine Gemstones Kornerupine
  • Shop Kunzite Gemstones Kunzite
  • Shop Kyanite Gemstones Kyanite
  • Shop Labradorite Gemstones Labradorite
  • Shop Lapis Lazuli Gemstones Lapis Lazuli
  • Shop Larimar Gemstones Larimar
  • Shop Malachite Gemstones Malachite
  • Shop Malaya Garnet Gemstones Malaya Garnet
  • Shop Mali Garnet Gemstones Mali Garnet
  • Shop Maw-Sit-Sit Gemstones Maw-Sit-Sit
  • Shop Moonstone Gemstones Moonstone
  • Shop Morganite Gemstones Morganite
  • Shop Moss Opal Gemstones Moss Opal
  • Shop Mother of Pearl Gemstones Mother of Pearl
  • Shop Mystic Quartz Gemstones Mystic Quartz
  • Shop Mystic Topaz Gemstones Mystic Topaz
  • Shop Nuummite Gemstones Nuummite
  • Shop Obsidian Gemstones Obsidian
  • Shop Opal Gemstones Opal
  • Shop Opal Doublet Gemstones Opal Doublet
  • Shop Opal in Matrix Gemstones Opal in Matrix
  • Shop Pearl Gemstones Pearl
  • Shop Peridot Gemstones Peridot
  • Shop Pietersite Gemstones Pietersite
  • Shop Prehnite Gemstones Prehnite
  • Shop Pyrite Gemstones Pyrite
  • Shop Pyrope Garnet Gemstones Pyrope Garnet
  • Shop Quartz Gemstones Quartz
  • Shop Quartz Cat's Eye Gemstones Quartz Cat's Eye
  • Shop Quartz With Marcasite Gemstones Quartz With Marcasite
  • Shop Rainbow Moonstone Gemstones Rainbow Moonstone
  • Shop Rainbow Pyrite Gemstones Rainbow Pyrite
  • Shop Rhodochrosite Gemstones Rhodochrosite
  • Shop Rhodolite Garnet Gemstones Rhodolite Garnet
  • Shop Rhodonite Gemstones Rhodonite
  • Shop Rose Quartz Gemstones Rose Quartz
  • Shop Ruby Gemstones Ruby
  • Shop Ruby in Fuchsite Gemstones Ruby in Fuchsite
  • Shop Ruby-Zoisite Gemstones Ruby-Zoisite
  • Shop Rutile Quartz Gemstones Rutile Quartz
  • Shop Sapphire Gemstones Sapphire
  • Shop Scolecite Gemstones Scolecite
  • Shop Seraphinite Gemstones Seraphinite
  • Shop Serpentine Gemstones Serpentine
  • Shop Sillimanite Gemstones Sillimanite
  • Shop Sillimanite Cat's Eye Gemstones Sillimanite Cat's Eye
  • Shop Smithsonite Gemstones Smithsonite
  • Shop Smoky Quartz Gemstones Smoky Quartz
  • Shop Snowflake Obsidian Gemstones Snowflake Obsidian
  • Shop Sodalite Gemstones Sodalite
  • Shop Spectrolite Gemstones Spectrolite
  • Shop Spessartite Garnet Gemstones Spessartite Garnet
  • Shop Sphalerite Gemstones Sphalerite
  • Shop Sphene Gemstones Sphene
  • Shop Spinel Gemstones Spinel
  • Shop Star Diopside Gemstones Star Diopside
  • Shop Star Garnet Gemstones Star Garnet
  • Shop Star Gemstones Gemstones Star Gemstones
  • Shop Star Lemon Quartz Gemstones Star Lemon Quartz
  • Shop Star Moonstone Gemstones Star Moonstone
  • Shop Star Rose Quartz Gemstones Star Rose Quartz
  • Shop Star Ruby Gemstones Star Ruby
  • Shop Star Sapphire Gemstones Star Sapphire
  • Shop Star Sunstone Gemstones Star Sunstone
  • Shop Strawberry Quartz Gemstones Strawberry Quartz
  • Shop Sugilite Gemstones Sugilite
  • Shop Sunstone Gemstones Sunstone
  • Shop Tanzanite Gemstones Tanzanite
  • Shop Tiger's Eye Gemstones Tiger's Eye
  • Shop Tiger's Eye Matrix Gemstones Tiger's Eye Matrix
  • Shop Topaz Gemstones Topaz
  • Shop Tourmaline Gemstones Tourmaline
  • Shop Tsavorite Garnet Gemstones Tsavorite Garnet
  • Shop Turquoise Gemstones Turquoise
  • Shop Variscite Gemstones Variscite
  • Shop Zircon Gemstones Zircon
Main Categories
  • New Arrivals
  • Gemstone Lots
  • Gemstone Lots - By Piece
  • Matched Pairs
  • Cabochon Gems
  • Drilled Gems, Briolettes and Beads
  • Gemstone Carvings
  • Fancy Gemstones
  • Star Gemstones
  • Unheated Sapphire
English speaking customer support only

Toll Free - USA & Canada only:
1-800-464-1640

International:
+66-39303404

Save Money
No shipping Fees for Additional Items!
$8.90 Worldwide Shipping

Update Translation
 
Current Value
New Value
GemSelect Gemstones
X Close Window
Colored Gemstones
X Close Window
Colored Gemstones
X Close Window
Colored Gemstones
Size and Weight

Gems are always measured in Millimeter (mm)

Dimensions are given as;
length x width x depth,
except for round stones which are;
diameter x depth

Select gems by size, not by weight!
Gem varieties vary in density, so carat weight is not a good indication of size

Note: 1ct = 0.2g

Size Comparison Chart