From London’s Theo Fennell bee jewelry collection, these 18-karat yellow gold bumblebee drop earrings sport delicate diamonds. $1,650. Available at www.theofennell.com.(Theo Fennell)
Britain’s royal jeweler Stephen Webster’s glamorous and magical Fly By Night batmoth is made with a black opal crystal haze studded with black diamonds. It also comes in pink and purple. $8,950. Available at Stephen Webster store, Beverly Hills, (310) 246-9500.(Stephen Webster)
Gucci’s bold Le Marche des Merveilles 18-karat yellow gold floral-motif ring is engraved with its signature horsebit and sports an aged sterling silver bee encrusted with gray diamonds at the flower’s center. $2,470. Available at Gucci.com.(Gucci)
Designer Catherine Michiels’ bronze charmed lady bug, Lola, hangs on a multicolored silk wrap-ribbon bracelet and is embellished in rubies. $235. Available at www.ylang23.com.(Ylang23)
Designer Ellie Mathias’ brass and pewter cricket ring for Miss Ellie Designs is electroplated in 10-karat gold with rhodium finish and hand-applied antique patina. $118. Available at www.chloedao.com, (713) 807 1565.(Chloe Dao Boutique)
An 18-karat rose gold ring with pave white diamond and quartz pink opal from Net-A-Porter.(Net-A-Porter)
Ted Muehling’s delicate 18-karat yellow, white or pink gold moth wing earrings dangle sweetly. $950. Available at www.augustla.com, (323) 653-2600.(Ted Muehling)
Part of designer Philip Gabriel Maroof’s dragonfly collection is an 18-karat oxidized graduated ring with an oversized dragonfly perched on a silver bamboo-like surface. $171. Available at X1V Karats, www.Xivkarats.com, (310) 551-1212.(XIV Karats)
Angeleno designer Jennifer Herwitt’s 14-karat white or gold drop lariat necklace has five ants (butterflies, scorpions, spiders and dragonflies are also available) speckled with dozens of diamonds. $4,720. Available at www.jherwitt.com, (310) 652-3681.(Michael McRae / Jennifer Herwitt)
Butterflies, dragonflies, bees, spiders, beetles, ants, scorpions, wasps and a slew of other multi-legged and winged creatures are in the spotlight thanks to several new and recently introduced jewelry styles.
Insects are turning up in statement pieces from Gucci, which is all about the bees, as well as jewelry designs by Stephen Webster and Los Angeles-based Jennifer Herwitt.
“At first, people react as if they hate or are scared of insects,” says Herwitt, about the insect and arachnid pieces she creates for her jewelry line J. Herwitt. “[But] once they see they are diamonds and gold, they start to see the beauty and the delicacy and intricate details that make [them] so realistic.”
While insect-inspired jewelry might be an acquired taste, these styles likely won’t disappear soon, especially if Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, has his way. After all, the bee has become an essential design element of the Italian label’s buzzworthy comeback.
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