The Chinese Lunar New Year begins January 28, 2017, and continues through February 12, 2018. This year, 2017, is called the Year of the Rooster. The Rooster is the tenth of 12 animals featured in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
In past posts, OBJ has explored animal motif jewelry in celebration of the Year of the Monkey, the Year of the Ram, and the Year of the Snake. To help celebrate 2017, the Year of the Rooster, let’s take a look at four fabulous pieces of rooster jewelry, all available on 1stdibs.com.
Tiffany & Co. 1970s Diamond & Gold Rooster Pin
This charming and whimsical character was made by Tiffany & Co. in the 1970s. The brooch, featuring intricate texture and detail, is “a real signature piece,” according to the experts at 1stdibs. Measuring 1 and ½”, it’s available from David Precious Gems via 1stdibs for $2,450.
Hattie Carnegie 1960s Large Rooster Brooch
Made of gilt metal and carved Bakelite (to resemble ivory), this ‘60s rooster brooch by Hattie Carnegie was most likely carried in the designer’s namesake store on 57th Street in New York. Available through Vintage Luxury on 1stdibs, the costume jewelry collectible is $450. Size: 3.5″ x 2.25″.
1940s Gold Rooster Charm
A large rooster with a diamond eye perches on a golden ring. Made of 14K yellow gold, it measures 1 and ½” in diameter. The 1940s charm is available on 1stdibs via Alice Kwartler, dealer of fine antique diamond and gold jewelry, and silver, for more than 40 years. $1,600.
Victorian Diamond, Silver & Gold Rooster Brooch
With his gorgeous plumage and cocky stride, this French Victorian rooster would make any collector smile. His body is studded with diamonds totaling 1 carat, while his piercing eye is a single red ruby. Set in 18K yellow gold and blackened sterling silver, the brooch dates from 1875 to 1900. It’s available for $7,500 through Steven Fox Jewelry on 1stdibs.
Happy Lunar New Year from all your friends at OBJ!