Spring Jewelry Designs: A Garden Party

Oscar de la Renta Hand-painted Brooch
Oscar de la Renta
Hand-painted Brooch

“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…”

–From “Locksley Hall,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This spring, let’s hope your young man’s fancy also turns to thoughts of jewelry!

Some of the most beautiful jewelry gift ideas we’ve see this season are taking their cue from Mother Nature. Jewelry designers are enamored with gemstone floral designs, fueled, no doubt, by flower-powered fabrics and fashions. And jewel-embellished creatures from the garden are turning up everywhere, including bumblebees, dragonflies, ladybugs and butterflies.

Mariah Carey wearinga diamond butterfly ring
Mariah Carey wearing
a diamond butterfly ring

One such example, now sparkling twice weekly on American Idol, is judge Mariah Carey’s fabulous diamond butterfly ring, her signature jewel. While the pop diva can well afford the real thing, it is reported that her fans are butterfly-hunting at more affordable price points.

Another rite of spring is the classic dragonfly pin, suitable for a suit lapel or lately seen as an ornament for the hair. We love the transparent wings and crystal body of Swarovski’s new Tilly design, one of many dragonflies in their jewelry collection.

Swarovski Tilly Crystal Dragonfly
Swarovski Tilly Crystal Dragonfly

All these perennial jewelry motifs from the garden have arrived just in time for bridal showers, Mother’s Day and graduation gift-giving. So whether you’re giving or receiving, turn your thoughts of love to springtime jewelry inspired by flora and fauna…a natural selection if there ever was one!


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