Animal-motif jewelry has been around since ancient times. Big cats are an enduring theme.
When it comes to a universal concept like this, “‘Tain’t what you do (it’s the way that you do it),” as the song goes.
Everyone can interpret the same idea differently. For instance, I made a tiger ring for my gorgeous client Christine in 2011 …
… but I am far from the first or last to craft a tiger with a gem in its mouth. Here are two very different takes on the same idea. The first is a gold ring from the 1940s.
It will never be confused with Lanvin’s newly introduced — and massive — brass tiger necklace.
The only feline that I wouldn’t try to make my own is the panther. Cartier, which introduced its “Panthère” motif in 1914, is the king of panther jewelry. Even though I’m sure I could do a panther that was distinct from Cartier’s, why bother? If you want a panther, go to the panther experts. If you want a lion, a tiger, an ocelot or a Siamese, I’m open for business!