Birds have been a familiar jewelry motif as long as women have worn jewelry. Yet, like other very specific jewelry references – horses, butterflies, bugs, ballerinas – bird jewels are a matter of personal taste. Some people collect them, while others think they’re, well, strictly for the birds.
This season, however, bird motif jewelry is trending in top fashion magazines and blogs, and on Social Media. It might have something to do with two new collections – one from a name you know and another from a name you will know. Let’s take a look.
Florence-based fashion house Ferragamo has launched a new jewelry collection in collaboration with Los Angeles artist Daniela Villegas. The Daniela Villegas for Salvatore Ferragamo collection features eight sterling silver pieces, including parakeets, parrots and birds of paradise, some with purple amethyst and green topaz.
The sterling pieces range in price from $240 to $790. A four-piece edition in gold and diamonds will be available in selected stores for $4,000 to $10,000.
Birds are not new to the Ferragamo brand. The 89-year-old company has produced silk scarves screened with birds and other nature motifs since the 1950s. Like the scarves, Ferragamo’s new bird jewelry designs are destined to become must-have collectibles.
Of Rare Origin
Birds in their gilded cages are the subject of the wildly popular Aviary Collection from Of Rare Origin. Mother-daughter team Leslie Tcheyan and Octavia Giovannini-Torelli launched this New York City-based brand in January 2016. In less than six short months their statement earrings have been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, and Antiques Magazine, just to drop a few high-powered media names. Aviary Collection Earrings featured: $1,674, at www.ofrareorigin.com
Get the Designer Jewelry Look for Less
Want to take a flyer on a piece of bird motif jewelry? If these new collections are beyond your reach, you can get the designer jewelry look for less at online resources like 1stdibs, RubyLane or Etsy. You’ll find many affordable bird brooches, earrings, bracelets and charms from every jewelry era. Just wing it!
Sources: RobbReport.com; Vogue.com; Ferragamo.com