Jewelry Styles

Peacock Jewelry

Chopard earrings in the form of two peacocks are decorated with sapphires
Chopard earrings in the shape of two peacocks are decorated with sapphires, tourmalines, amethysts, tsavorites and diamonds. These long earrings from the Animal World collection were selected by the company for the first jewelry showcase at Paris Fashion Week in the spring of 2015. Let me emphasize that Chopard has been faithful to the peacock theme for a long time. The peacock can even be called the calling card of this jewelry brand.

Peacocks were once again at the top of the jewelry chart at French Haute Couture Week in Paris this spring. The reason for the attention to the whimsical bird was once again Chopard earrings in the form of two peacocks. I will take this opportunity for a short excursion into the history of his diamond glory. Peacocks and peacock feathers are very popular images in jewelry. This image came to European jewelry from India. In our country, the peacock is perceived as a symbol of arrogance; they like to criticize the peacock for poor vocal abilities and for insufficiently aristocratic manners (chickens, what can you take from them).

An aigrette brooch in the shape of a peacock is one of the decorations at the exhibition of Indian jewelry in the Moscow Kremlin, 2014.
An aigrette brooch in the shape of a peacock is one of the decorations at the exhibition of Indian jewelry in the Moscow Kremlin, 2014. The tail is fixed movably. Firm Mallerio, 1905.

But in South Asia and in the countries of the East in general, the peacock is treated completely differently. In Persian and Babylonian cultures, peacocks were considered symbolic royal guards. The peacock is a symbol of Buddha, and the Indian god of love Kama is often depicted sitting on this bird. The open tail of a peacock with numerous “eyes” was perceived as the starry heavens and all-seeing awareness.

Pendant with two peacocks, Art Nouveau era. The work of French jeweler Rene Lalique.
Pendant with two peacocks, Art Nouveau era. The work of French jeweler Rene Lalique.

The peacock was the sacred bird of the Vedic goddess of wisdom Saraswati. In Greece, the peacock was a symbol of Hera, in Ancient Rome – of Juno. The priestesses wore fans made of peacock feathers, which indicated the presence of the goddess. The peacock is one of the most common images in various forms of art, but the beauty and variety of colors of the peacock have especially inspired jewelers at all times.

Brooch Peacock. George Hunt. Opals, gold, enamel.
Brooch Peacock. George Hunt. Opals, gold, enamel.
Diamond brooch from the first half of the 19th century, Sotheby's auction.
Diamond brooch from the first half of the 19th century, Sotheby’s auction.
Peacock brooch, 1900. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires.
Peacock brooch, 1900. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires.
Brooch Peacock, Gustave Baugrand, 1865. Gold, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls.
Brooch Peacock, Gustave Baugrand, 1865. Gold, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, pearls.
Peacock Feather buckle in gilt silver, decorated with enamel, Pille Freres, France, circa 1900.
Peacock Feather buckle in gilt silver, decorated with enamel, Pille Freres, France, circa 1900.
Gold hatpin decorated with enamel, Ferdinand Earhart, France, 1908.
Gold hatpin decorated with enamel, Ferdinand Earhart, France, 1908.
Egret (hair decoration) with opals and diamonds, late 19th century.
Egret (hair decoration) with opals and diamonds, late 19th century.
Gold pendant brooch depicting a pair of peacocks on a fountain, decorated with stained glass enamel, sapphires and diamonds, Masriera, circa 1920.
Gold pendant brooch depicting a pair of peacocks on a fountain, decorated with stained glass enamel, sapphires and diamonds, Masriera, circa 1920.
Silver and enamel pendant, William Hair Haseler, circa 1900.
Silver and enamel pendant, William Hair Haseler, circa 1900.
Gold pendant watch set with enamel, sapphires and diamonds, Patek Philippe, 1898.
Gold pendant watch set with enamel, sapphires and diamonds, Patek Philippe, 1898.
Tablet box in gold with stained glass enamel and diamonds, circa 1900.
Tablet box in gold with stained glass enamel and diamonds, circa 1900.
Gilt silver peacock pendant with stained glass enamel and baroque pearl, Janvier Quercia, France, circa 1900.
Gilt silver peacock pendant with stained glass enamel and baroque pearl, Janvier Quercia, France, circa 1900.
Art Nouveau ring in gold with opals and diamonds, France, circa 1900.
Art Nouveau ring in gold with opals and diamonds, France, circa 1900.
Gilt silver peacock brooch, Janvier Quercia, France, circa 1900.
Gilt silver peacock brooch, Janvier Quercia, France, circa 1900.
Peacock brooch in silver and gold with opals and peridots, Charles Robert Ashby, England, circa 1900.
Peacock brooch in silver and gold with opals and peridots, Charles Robert Ashby, England, circa 1900.
Art Nouveau ring in gold with opal, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, France, circa 1900.
Art Nouveau ring in gold with opal, rubies, emeralds and diamonds, France, circa 1900.
Peacock pendant in gold with diamond, rubies, emeralds and enamel, Leopold van Strydonck (Belgian court jeweler), Belgium, circa 1900.
Peacock pendant in gold with diamond, rubies, emeralds and enamel, Leopold van Strydonck (Belgian court jeweler), Belgium, circa 1900.
Peacock brooch in gilt silver with enamel, opals and pearls, Karl Rothmuller, Germany, circa 1902.
Peacock brooch in gilt silver with enamel, opals and pearls, Karl Rothmuller, Germany, circa 1902.
Cigarette case made of silver, decorated with enamel and diamonds, with a sapphire button, Bolin company, Moscow, 1899 1908.
Cigarette case made of silver, decorated with enamel and diamonds, with a sapphire button, Bolin company, Moscow, 1899 1908.
Double peacock buckle in silver, Arthur Fowler, Birmingham Guild of Crafts, 1899. This design was exhibited at the 1899 Arts and Crafts Exhibition.
Double peacock buckle in silver, Arthur Fowler, Birmingham Guild of Crafts, 1899. This design was exhibited at the 1899 Arts and Crafts Exhibition.
Pendant in the form of two peacocks in gilt silver with stained glass enamel, emeralds, rubies and pearls, Charles Boutet de Monvel, circa 1904.
Pendant in the form of two peacocks in gilt silver with stained glass enamel, emeralds, rubies and pearls, Charles Boutet de Monvel, circa 1904.
Openwork pendant in gold and silver with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls, probably France, circa 1900.
Openwork pendant in gold and silver with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls, probably France, circa 1900.
Brooch in the form of a peacock on flowers in gold with emeralds and rubies, circa 1900.
Brooch in the form of a peacock on flowers in gold with emeralds and rubies, circa 1900.
Pendant in gold with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls, France, circa 1910.
Pendant in gold with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls, France, circa 1910.
Swiss gold “Peacock” pendant watch, set with enamel and diamonds, circa 1890.
Swiss gold “Peacock” pendant watch, set with enamel and diamonds, circa 1890.
Peacock brooch in gold with enamel, opal and demantoid garnets and pearls, Georges Fouquet, circa 1900.
Peacock brooch in gold with enamel, opal and demantoid garnets and pearls, Georges Fouquet, circa 1900.
Pendant in silver and gold with enamel, opals, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, René Lalique, circa 1898.
Pendant in silver and gold with enamel, opals, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, René Lalique, circa 1898.
Peacock pendant in gold with diamonds, opals and demantoid garnets, Walton & Co., circa 1900.
Peacock pendant in gold with diamonds, opals and demantoid garnets, Walton & Co., circa 1900.
Alfred Philippe for Trifari Fruit Salad Peacock.
Alfred Philippe for Trifari Fruit Salad Peacock.
Antique Ruby And Diamond Peacock Gold Brooch.
Antique Ruby And Diamond Peacock Gold Brooch.
Early Maison Gripoix Anglo Indian Peacock Brooch.
Early Maison Gripoix Anglo Indian Peacock Brooch.
Geraldo Emerald Sapphire Diamond Peacock Earrings.
Geraldo Emerald Sapphire Diamond Peacock Jewelry.