Peacocks are a popular jewelry motif. And it's no wonder; their big, showy feathers are an obvious inspiration for designers. So, let's talk peacocks. We should start with the basics; peacocks are the males. The collective term for the birds are peafowl, females are peahens and infants are peachicks. A family of peafowl is a bevy, a party or a pride.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: Peacocks are members of the pheasant family of birds.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: Peacocks don't have showy tails at birth. Growth starts at about 3 years of age.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: The peacock's elaborate feathers are called a train. They can grow to five or six feet long and are shed annually after mating season.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: Microscopic crystal-like substances on a peacock's feathers produce an iridescence when hit by light.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: The life span of a peacock is about 20 years.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: Peacocks can fly but only short distances. They will fly from predators such as tigers and mongooses (mongeese?) and into trees for safety during the night.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: White peacocks are not albinos, but are genetic mutations. Their eyes are normally colored. An albino peacock, which is rare, will have red eyes.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: In Hindu culture, Lord Karthikeya, the god of war, rides a peacock.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: A peahen lays 3-5 eggs which gestate for about 28 days.
PEACOCK TRIVIA: Roasted peacock was a medieval delicacy.
PEACOCK'S EYE CABOCHONS
Sometimes you just need a touch of peacock. That's when peacock's eye cabs are the perfect accessory. These stones are usually green with a blue center. The effect is achieved by placing foil behind molten glass. All of the following examples are unsigned.
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