Themed Jewels

2014: Year of the Horse

Horse

Out with last year’s snake and in with the  Year of the Horse, according to the 2014 Chinese zodiac which officially starts on January 31st.  To better acquaint you with the Horse, here are some fun facts:

Like Tigers, with whom they are most compatible, Horse people can be a jumble of contradictions.

Cool but hot-blooded, hard-nosed but humble, impatient but extraordinarily tolerant, the Horse is above all defined by hard work and self-reliance.

Although Horses work well in groups, they prefer to work by themselves and exhibit extraordinary levels of energy and concentration. They are good with their hands, but can be seen happily losing themselves in accomplishing any given task.

In social settings, they are cheerful, charismatic and sometimes overly talkative as they clairvoyantly finish other’s sentences in conversation. However, they are also often the first guest to depart, usually due to a feeling of becoming too “penned in”.

Conversely, Horses are happiest in large crowds in open spaces and enjoy the camaraderie found in pressing the flesh at outdoor gatherings or concerts.

In romance, they have a tremendous need for intimacy and belonging. However, once domesticated they often feel pressured in fulfilling family obligations, as they remain at heart powerfully rebellious creatures who will not be made to feel cornered.

Travel is a favorite pastime, and horses are known to race off to any far-flung destination at a moment’s notice. As such, Horses are well suited to careers as adventurers, poets, travel writers or politicians.

In jewelry, the horse is most often depicted in the form of bracelets and brooches with its image seen in a few rings, earrings and pendants here and there.  While the horseshoe and other horse tack symbols are more widely used in jewelry, especially nowadays (think Hermes, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren), the horse itself is not nearly as ubiquitous as other animals, such as the snake or panther.

Lot 259 - A DIAMOND AND GOLD 'HORSEBIT' BRACELET, GUCCI

A Diamond and Gold ‘Horsebit’ Bracelet, Gucci
Photo courtesy of Dupuis

However, our love for and long history with this majestic animal is still memorialized from time to time in precious metals and gemstones.  In honor of the new year and its animal of honor, I have gathered a few horse-inspired jewels to help us get ready and giddy up for 2014!

A Carved Coral, Coral and Emerald Horse Bangle Bracelet, by Van Cleef & Arpels circa 1975 FD Gallery

A Carved Coral, Coral and Emerald Horse Bangle Bracelet, by Van Cleef & Arpels circa 1975
Photo courtesy of FD Gallery

18 KARAT GOLD, SILVER, MOTHER-OF PEARL, FRESHWATER PEARL AND COLORED STONE 'PLUMED HORSE' BROOCH, RENÉ BOIVIN, FRANCE Sotheby's

18K Gold, Silver, Mother-of-Pearl, Freshwater Pearl and Colored Stone ‘Plumed Horse’ Brooch, Rene Boivin, France
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

AN AMETHYST, EMERALD AND DIAMOND BANGLE BRACELET, BY DAVID WEBB Christie's

An Amethyst, Emerald and Diamond Bangle Bracelet, by David Webb
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

A GOLD PENDANT NECKLACE, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS - Christie's

A Gold Pendant Necklace, by Van Cleef & Arpels
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin Rose Gold & Diamond Horse Bangle
Photo courtesy of Roberto Coin

Boucheron Horse Ring

Boucheron PÉGASE SAPPHIRE RING
Photo courtesy of Boucheron

Hermes horse bracelet

Hermes A Gold Horse Bangle Bracelet
Photo courtesy of FD Gallery

AN UNUSUAL DIAMOND AND BLACK-ONYX BROOCH, BY BULGARI Christie's

An Unusual Diamond and Black Onyx Brooch, by Bulgari
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

A gem-set horse bangle, by Cartier Bonhams

A Gem-Set Horse Bangle, by Cartier
Photo courtesy of Bonhams

GUY FRERES Horse Head and Horn Choker 1stdibs

Guy Freres Horse Head and Horn Choker
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs

A DIAMOND 'HORSE' RING Christie's

A Diamond ‘Horse’ Ring
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

A DIAMOND, MULTI-GEM AND ENAMEL BROOCH, BY DAVID WEBB Christie's

A Diamond, Multi-Gem and Enamel Brooch, by David Webb
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

TURQUOISE, SPLIT PEARL, RUBY AND WOOD 'CHEVAL' PENDANT, RENÉ BOIVIN, CIRCA 1964 Sotheby's

Turquoise, Split Pearl, Ruby and Wood ‘Cheval’ Pendant, Rene Boivin, circa 1964
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

RUBY, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND BANGLE, FRASCAROLO Sotheby's

A Ruby, Enamel and Diamond Bangle, Frascarolo
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

Sevan Bicakci T Magazine

One-of-a-kind pair of sterling, 24-karat gold and diamond earrings by Sevan Bicakci
Photo courtesy of T Magazine

Sorab & Roshi Opal Horse Pin

Sorab & Roshi Opal Horse Pin
Photo courtesy of Sorab & Roshi

Pair of Gold Earclips, Barry Kieselstein-Cord

Pair of Gold Earclips, Barry Kieselstein-Cord
Photo courtesy of Doyle

DAVID WEBB Two Tone Diamond , Ruby & Red Enamel Horse Brooch 1stdibs

David Webb Two Tone Diamond , Ruby & Red Enamel Horse Brooch
Photo courtesy of Yafa Signed Jewels via 1stdibs

Gold, Tiger's-Eye and Cabochon Emerald Horse Head Pendant, Piaget

Gold, Tiger’s-Eye and Cabochon Emerald Horse Head Pendant, Piaget
Photo courtesy of Doyle

High Karat Gold Cuff Bangle Bracelet, Zolotas

High Karat Gold Cuff Bangle Bracelet, Zolotas
Photo courtesy of Doyle

DAvid Webb

David Webb Dappled Blue Horse Bracelet
Photo courtesy of David Webb

Hermes Horse Gold Band Ring Photo courtesy of 1stdibs

Hermes Horse Gold Band Ring
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs

Lot 139 - A DIAMOND AND EMERALD HORSE BROOCH, BY CARTIER

A Diamond and Emerald Horse Brooch, by Cartier
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

18 KARAT GOLD, PLATINUM, DIAMOND, RUBY, EMERALD AND ENAMEL HORSE BANGLE-BRACELET, DAVID WEBB Sotheby's

18K Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Ruby, Emerald and Enamel Horse Bangle-Bracelet, David Webb
Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s

A Multi-gem and Gold Horse Brooch, by Rene Boivin FD Gallery

A Multi-gem and Gold Horse Brooch, by Rene Boivin
Photo courtesy of FD Gallery

Lot 99 - A RUBY, SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND 'HORSE' HEAD BROOCH, BY JEAN SCHLUMBERGER, TIFFANY & CO.

A Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond ‘Horse’ Head Brooch, by Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co.
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

Lot 373 - Gold and Cabochon Emerald Horse Head Clip-Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels

Gold and Cabochon Emerald Horse Head Clip-Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels
Photo courtesy of Doyle

AN ENAMEL, GEM AND DIAMOND BANGLE, BY FRASCAROLO

An Enamel, Gem and Diamond Bangle, by Frascarolo
Photo courtesy of Christie’s

Gold, Enamel, Emerald and Diamond Horse Clip-Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels 18 kt., the textured gold prancing horse with flowing polished gold wire mane, accented by one round emerald and single-cut diamond eye, the nose accented by a slender diamond-set band, the hoofs tipped with black enamel, signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels, # 68 104280, with maker's mark and French assay mark, approximately 15.8 dwt.

Gold, Enamel, Emerald and Diamond Horse Clip-Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels
Photo courtesy of Doyle

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    Marie
    January 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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