Photo Courtesy of BulgariIt’s officially the Year of the Snake, and according to Chinese astrology, this reptile symbolizes good fortune and bounty. Also a universal token of wisdom, power and temptation, we can say that we’re nothing short of thrilled to have an excuse to wear snake-inspired designs. As fashion movements are often dictated by the times, so too are accessory trends. It’s no coincidence that these luxury jewelry brands have all recently released wearable treasures that take on the serpent form, and we’re delighted that they’ve done so in a tasteful and luxurious manner that will keep these pieces as timeless as other ancient traditions.
For over a century, luxury jewelry brand Mikimoto has been known for presenting the finest quality cultured pearls and turning them into beautiful rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Experts at making unique, multicolored pearls the centerpieces of stunning accessories, Mikimoto has incorporated dazzling diamonds set into 18k yellow and white gold that coils around the pearls. Sticking with the theme, Mikimoto places the fine diamonds in such a delicate way to resemble the unmistakable scales of snake skin. With an array of Akoya, Baroque, and black, white, and golden South Sea pearls with white and colored diamonds, your choices are endless when it comes to celebrating the Year of the Snake in jewelry by Mikimoto. Photo Courtesy of Mikimoto
Van Cleef & Arpels
Renowned high-end jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels has been a leader in the world of luxury jewelry for years. Since the 1920's, we’ve seen Hollywood’s finest sporting this label’s sparklers from the red carpet to high-end magazine features. The brand’s “Bals de Legende” collection is abundant with color: dancing figurines, animated Oriental fans and butterfly wings are made of multicolored diamonds, amethysts, peridots, rubies and the like. But one piece in particular is a standout: the Naga décor is an oversized bracelet from the “Oriental” sector of the collection, and truly steals the show. Made of violet and blue sapphires, turquoise garnets, pink opal, jade and diamonds, this oversized cuff is hard to miss and is the epitome of a statement piece. Photo Courtesy of Van Cleef & Arpels
Alongside his purses and perfumes that also sport serpent designs, Roberto Cavalli has also been using the slithering reptile as inspiration for his jewelry creations. Cavalli’s snake-like selections may be a bit more toned down than the Van Cleef & Arpels piece; however they’re just as luxuriously festive. Lapis lazuli, amethyst, onyx, and other stones are intertwined into gold-plated metal that is engraved to resemble snake skin. Available in rings, necklaces, and cuff bracelets, Cavalli’s most recent selections would be great for a cocktail party or any other celebratory event. Photo Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli
Bulgari’s Serpenti Collection may look like it was made for the Year of the Snake, but in fact, the Roman jeweler has used the snake as one of its emblematic symbols since the 1940s as not only a nod to its founder’s Greek heritage, but also as a representation of rebirth, beauty, sex appeal, wisdom and eternity. The luxury label modernized its historic Serpenti jewelry collection by adding pieces that incorporate semi-precious stones like malachite, lapis lazuli and amethyst plus multicolored lacquers. Set in 18-karat white, yellow or pink gold with diamonds, the new selections include necklaces, earrings, and coiled bracelets and watches to help you ring in the New Year. Photo Courtesy of Bulgari