February 16 marks the start of the Lunar New Year, and 2018 is a Year of the Dog. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030. People born in The Year of the Dog are said to exhibit loyalty and honesty; they are friendly, faithful, smart, forthright, and have a strong sense of responsibility.
In past posts, OBJ has celebrated The Year of the Snake, The Year of the Monkey, and The Year of the Rooster with whimsical and precious jewels depicting these Chinese zodiac animals. Let’s take a look at some vintage dog motif jewelry on 1stdibs.com, in honor of man’s (and woman’s) best friend.
1970s David Webb Imperial Guardian Foo Dog Pendant/Brooch
The famed jewelry designer David Webb often turned to animals for his inspiration. This signed 18K yellow gold Foo Dog can be worn two ways. It features a U-shaped fitting which can be attached to a chain, and a pin-on hinge clip for fastening as a brooch. $14,500.
1920s Art Deco Diamond Platinum and Enamel Boston Terrier Brooch
Considered highly collectible, this Art Deco platinum and black enamel Boston Terrier brooch sparkles with diamonds. The engraved pup is decorated with 29 round single-cut diamonds weighing a total of 0.23 carats. $5,500.
1960s Lucite Bulldog Pendant and Chain
This mid-century piece features a 2” gilt Bulldog pendant backed by a 3” disc of Lucite. Large in scale, it comes with a 34” chain, which is perfectly in keeping with today’s long pendant trend. $495.
Victorian Hand-Carved Carnelian Pointer Dog Fob Pendant
According to the experts at 1stdibs, “A fob is an adornment or a seal that hangs from the ribbon or chain of a pocket watch. Its purpose is to decorate or add weight to the watch chain itself making it easier for the watch to be withdrawn from a pocket.” This figural fob from the Victorian era (circa 1880) depicts a hunting dog with a carnelian seal underneath (used to seal a letter with wax).
Vintage watch fobs are widely sought after these days, and this one is particularly rare due to its exceptionally large size. It would make a perfect piece on a chain or a charm bracelet for any dog lover or antique fob collector. $5,995.
1870s Victorian Gold-Filled Dog Locket
Also from the Victorian era, this charming gold-filled locket has a matte finish with a motif of a dog perched upon rocks. The 21” chain is period correct but not original to the locket. $450.
Source: Jewelry photos courtesy of 1stdibs.com