Just in time for Halloween, OBJ presents a roundup of spider and web jewelry. We found dozens of bejeweled creepy-crawlers available online, from all periods of jewelry history.
Collectors of spider brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings don’t necessarily view them as seasonal; they wear them all year ’round. Many consider the spider jewel to be a symbol of good fortune, especially when received as a gift.
Let’s take a look at some intriguing spider and web designs from Christie’s and 1stdibs:
A Spider by David Webb
Following the recent revival of the brooch as a must-have fashion statement, Christie’s presented several brooches at its October 20 Important Jewels sale in New York. Among the highlights was a whimsical diamond and kunzite spider signed by the iconic American designer David Webb.
Estimated at $30,000 to $50,000, the pink spider brooch fetched $77,500.
Lot Description: Diamond and Kunzite Spider Brooch by David Webb. From the Collection of a Distinguished Lady. Designed as a circular and baguette-cut diamond flexible spider, centering upon a cushion-cut kunzite, 4 1/2 ins., mounted in platinum. Signed Webb for David Webb, with Certificate of Authenticity from David Webb.
Navajo Turquoise Sterling Silver Spider & Web Cuff Bracelet
This Native American bracelet from the 1960s features turquoise with unusual gold flecks. Available on 1stdibs via Park Avenue Couture, it is designed “as if a spider were weaving a web on your cuff.” Price: $1,350.
Russian 14K Pink Gold, Sapphire, Ruby,
and Diamond Spider Brooch
As described on 1stdibs: “This large 14k Pink Gold Spider form Brooch encrusted with Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies is over the top…amazing quality and design. Marked for Russian silver with a 56 hallmark. Condition excellent. 20th century.” It is offered by Stephen’s Antiques, Inc. for $12,600.
Harry Bertoia Silver and Ebony Spider Web Pendant
Harry Bertoia (1915 – 1978) is considered one of the preeminent American sculptors of the mid-20th century. He worked in many media including graphic art, furniture, outdoor sculpture, and jewelry.
Bertoia designed the “Spider Web” pendant in the 1940s using silver thread spun around an ebony canoe-shaped form. The ebony is highlighted by silver beads of differing sizes, adding to the pendant’s abstract design. On hold at 1stdibs; price unavailable.
Here’s a recent post from Cindy Edelstein on NationalJeweler.com, just in time for this weekend’s Halloween festivities: