05 June 2019

Animals, reflections of the human soul

Animals are our mirrors, the reflection of our souls. Since Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine, cats, dogs, foxes, monkeys, storks and storks have denounced human greed, injustice, and desire for domination and the ruses we can use to defend ourselves against it. Here are some examples illustrated by figurative jewelry by Buccellati, Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels: “like cats and dogs”, “the elephant giving birth to a mouse”, “The Fox and the Stork” by La Fontaine or “Tigers and Dragons” by Ang Lee.

  • "Like cats and dogs" - Van Cleef & Arpels, clips in gold, diamonds, onyx... at Christie's Paris - Circa 1960

  • "The Eagle and the Owl" - Boucheron, "Oulu" ring in gold, diamonds / Maison Tabbah, "Eagle Soul" in gold and diamonds

  • " The Hare and the Tortoise" - Van Cleef & Arpels, clip in gold, onyx, diamonds / Venyx, ring in gold and diamonds

  • "The Tortoise and the Two Ducks" - Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, clips in gold, diamonds, emeralds... at Christie's Paris - Circa 1960

  • "The Spider and the Swallow" - René Lalique at the MAD, brooch-pendant in gold, enamel, diamonds... / Hemmerle, tarantula brooch in gold, 28 mm conch pearl, diamonds, Umba sapphires

  • "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" - Dior Jewelry, "Protecting Dragon" pendant in gold, opal, diamonds, tsavorites... / Cartier, bangle in gold and lacquer

  • "The monkey and the Cat" - Van Cleef & Arpels "Lucky Animals" clip in gold, tiger's-eye... / Lydia Courteille, clip "Monkey Business" in gold and diamonds

  • "The Hare and the Frogs" - Culoyon Jewelry, ring in 22 karats gold plated bronze / Maison Tabbah, "Kiss Me" earrings in gold and diamonds

  • "The elephant giving birth to a mouse" - Marchak clip / Marie Beltrami, ring in gilt metal

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