Unlike representatives of the animal world, beetles, spiders and other insects cause rather apprehension and caution than a sublime sense of beauty. The only exceptions are butterflies and dragonflies. It is no coincidence that there are quite a few of them among the inhabitants of the jewelry world. One of the main experts in butterfly art is the French house Van Cleef & Arpels, which has been embodying them in a variety of ways for over 100 years - from realistic brooches with invisible stones to small two-finger rings. The American company Tiffany & Co. also draws inspiration from nature: its jewelry arsenal contains beautiful butterflies, dragonflies with pavé wings, and even grasshoppers. The most believable ones came from the designer of the brand Jean Schlumberger - Tiffany & Co. he still reproduces jewelry based on his sketches.
Sculptural caterpillars made of solid rock crystal or ornamental stones have long become the hallmark of the Italian brand Vhernier. And the British Steven Webster invented the fantastic Jitterbugs from gold, colored stones and enamel. Unlike many others, Stephen Webster insects are worn on the finger, not the lapel. The Italian Roberto Coin has a whole Animalier series dedicated to the animal world. The last masterpiece of the master was a scorpion pendant with a flexible body and spring antennae made of pink gold and diamonds.
1 of 21 Brooch Grasshopper, Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger © Press Service Scorpio Brooch, Roberto Coin © Press Service Two Butterfly Ring, Van Cleef & Arpels © Press Service Jitterbug Ring, Stephen Webster © Press Service Bee Brooch, Jacob & Co © Press Service Scarab Collection Earrings, Bibi van der Velden © Press Service Scarab Collection Pendant, Bibi van der Velden © Press Service Garden of Earthly Delights Brooches, Chaumet © Press Service To bee or not to beehave Earrings, Delfina Delettrez © Press Service Spider Earrings, Jacob & Co © Press Service Dragonfly Brooch, Tiffany & Co. © press service Classic earrings, Mercury © press service Grand Soir Reine des Abeilles, Dior © press service Caterpillar brooch, Vhernier © press service Jitterbug ring, Stephen Webster © press service Hortus Deliciarum brooch, Gucci High Jewelry © press -service
Dutch woman Bibi van der Velden is a sculptor by education, therefore she perceives jewelry from the point of view of sculptural miniature. To traditional gold and diamonds, she adds mammoth tusks, ostrich egg shells and iridescent glossy scarab wings, so the bugs in earrings, pendants and rings from the Scarab Collection look absolutely real.