Year of the Monkey Jewelry Celebrates Chinese New Year

Micro Mosaic Gold and Diamond Monkey Charm Pendant
Micro Mosaic Gold and Diamond Monkey Charm Pendant at 1stDibs.com

The Chinese New Year begins Monday, February 8, ushering in The Year of the Monkey. And in case you haven’t noticed, designers are celebrating in a big way with Year of the Monkey jewelry and accessories. From Marc Jacobs’s whimsical and affordable monkey key fob to Wendy Yue’s extravagant 18K gold and diamond monkey ring, jewelry and department stores are teeming with bejeweled creatures for the Lunar New Year.

Go ahead…you know you want one!

Once Every 12 Years

In the Chinese culture each New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The zodiac is divided into 12 houses just like its western counterpart, but each house has a length of one year instead of one month. So this year is a Year of the Monkey (until January 27, 2017), the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey won’t come again until 2028.

Year of the Monkey Jewelry
Wendy Yue Ring in 18K White Gold with White Diamonds, Tsavorites, Champagne Diamonds, Fancy Diamonds, Rubies, Yellow Sapphires, Blue Sapphires, Rhodolite Garnets, $12,600. Photo courtesy of wendyyue.com

Hong Kong-Based Jewelry Designer Wendy Yue

Wendy Yue is a Hong Kong-based fine jewelry designer and a native of that city. Born in a Year of the Monkey, she has created several exquisite gold and gemstone pieces which hold particular significance for her this year.

Chimpanzee Wonder by Wendy Yue
Chimpanzee Wonder by Wendy Yue. 18K White Gold Ring w/ Brown Diamond, Yellow Sapphire, White Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Tsavorite, Ruby, Yellow Jasper, Mother of Pearl Photo Courtesy of WendyYue.com

“Symbolism is very important, as it gives more depth and meaning to the piece for its wearer and owner, giving it a more emotional ownership and not just purely materialistic,” Yue told Forbes magazine. “Fine jewelry in my aesthetic is, in a way, a form of art, far beyond just an accessory to match one’s fashion and clothing.”

Dangling Amethyst Monkey Earrings by Kanya
Dangling Amethyst Monkey Earrings by Kanya. Photo courtesy of kanya.com
Monkey Key Fob
This Marc Jacobs Year of the Monkey Key Fob can also be worn as a handbag charm. $45, at bloomingdales.com
Faux Amethyst Monkey Pendant
Faux Amethyst Monkey Pendant at Kay Jewelers
Diane von Furstenberg Monkey Earrings
Diane von Furstenberg Monkey Earrings at Bloomingdale’s

For Collectors of Animal Jewelry

Whether you were born in The Year of the Monkey or you are simply a collector of animal motif jewelry of any stripe, you owe it to yourself to peruse the menagerie of simian styles available right now.

Happy Lunar New Year…and happy shopping!

Monkey Suite Sold at Christie's Elizabeth Taylor Auction
This suite of diamond and multi-gem monkey jewelry, from the collection of the Baron and Baroness di Portanova, was once a gift from Michael Jackson to Elizabeth Taylor. Photo courtesy of Christies.com

Necklace by Borgioni
Necklace by Borgioni as seen on En.Vogue.Fr

Sources: Forbes.com; ChinaHighlights.com; WendyYue.com

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