Owl Jewelry: Something to Give a Hoot About
Posted by Laurie Zeiden on
Birds are a very popular jewelry motif and I have so many examples of birds in jewelry that I decided to subdivide them. This is my presentation on owls. Lots of photos to scroll through with a few facts along the way.
Owls are birds of prey, but unlike other birds of prey, an owl has an upright posture and forward facing eyes. Their eyes are set in bony sockets so they can't turn them. That's why an owl turns its head. The bird has a 270 degree range of movement -- 135 degrees to each side.
Iconic Owl Pin by Master Mexican Silversmith William Spratling
Owls have two front-facing toes and two rear-facing toes; all with talons for gripping prey. A barn owl can eat up to 1,000 mice annually. No wonder farmers love them.
The Coro Duette is two pins in one. A bracket holds two fur clips into position creating a single brooch.
Depending on your source, there are 150-200 species of owls in the world. The greatest diversity of owls is found in Asia. There are only 19 species in North America. Fortunately, available owl jewelry isn't as limited.
Two Versions of Eisenberg Artist Series Pins
Unsigned Two Tone Pin
Hobe Fur Clip
Made in Mexico Pin
A group of owls is called a parliament and a group of infants is a clutch. A single baby is referred to as an owlet. I don't think I've seen more than a single owl at a time. Parliament must be out of session.
OWL PENDANTS AND NECKLACES
Made in Norway Pendant Necklace
Mixed Metals Pendant from Mexico
Owls in jewelry were particularly popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Articulated owls were all the rage. The four following examples of jointed or articulated owls are unsigned.
ODDS & ENDS
Silver Charm with Details on Front and Reverse
Reed & Barton Whistle Pendant or Ornament
Hope this blog gave you something to hoot about.
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Beautiful Owl Jewelry! Thanks for sharing this information with us!