Antique Dog Jewelry. Post 71.
Two weeks ago I mentioned that I adore dogs. Naturally, Antique dog jewelry is one of my passions. I hunt high and low for antique rings, earrings, cufflinks and other items that combine these wonderful creatures with the masterful workmanship, imagination, quality and sheer sense of fun of our ancestors. I'd like to share a few of my finds with you.
Antique dog jewelry is one area where men can still feel like men when wearing jewelry. Cufflinks are elegant and fashionable and antique cufflinks with dogs are in hot demand.
Dogs are symbolic of loyalty and friendship. The romantic Georgians and Victorians understood that a dog on a ring was not referring to the looks of the beloved, but to their devotion and love.
Brooches offer more scope than most jewelry for showing off a dog in his glory. They come in every shape and size and pretty much every breed is represented. Nothing can be cuter than a dog and here is one bringing an umbrella to his master/mistress – 6343.
and this mutt (not really- I believe it’s a Scottish Terrier) showing off some bright and sparkly diamonds #4147
Speaking of diamonds, here is a really fabulous dog, all pave set #5809.
Dogs are depicted in every combination in every form of jewel. Here they, along with lions, carved from coral in a stunning
and rare bracelet. If we think of the Chinese foo dogs, the guardian dogs at every Buddhist temple or shrine, and other
animals of the East, we see that dogs and lions seem to be interchangeable to many cultures.
This pug doesn’t look at all afraid of the snake surrounding him. #6218.
Poodles, Alsations, Pugs, Terriers in gold, pearls, diamonds and enamel. They are all there to bring a smile to our lives whether in the form of jewelry or the real thing.