Last week marked an end to the Year of the Snake, with a new beginning in the Chinese New Year Zodiac with the Year of the Horse. If last year’s abundance and popularity of snake motif jewelry is any indication, be on the lookout for lots of horse and equestrian themed baubles! Of course there are several new designer pieces out there, but I like to look back on antique and vintage pieces that featured this animal, making them timeless even up to today.
I’m not exactly sure when horse-themed jewelry came into existence, but I’ve seen pieces dating back to the Georgian Era of jewelry. Carrying into the Victorian Era, lots of horseshoe pieces sprung up, including horseshoes made of gold, turquoise, pearl, agate, and onyx or jet. With horses/horseshoes being still popular today in jewelry, it doesn’t matter if you are a horse enthusiast or never rode a horse a day in your life, this theme is here to stay!
Pictured on my hand:
14k yellow gold diamond horseshoe ring
14k yellow gold diamond and sapphire horseshoe ring, with center diamond
14k yellow gold sapphire horse stirrup ring
14k yellow gold horse head and tail ring
Boucheron 18k yellow gold horse brooch circa 1940s from Hollis Reh & Shariff via 1stdibs
Gay Frères 18k yellow gold & horn horse choker circa 1980s from Pampillonia via 1stdibs
Victorian 15k yellow gold turquoise horseshoe bangle bracelet from A. Brandt & Son
Gucci 18k yellow gold Chiodo Horsebit Nail ring from Gray & Sons
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