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Jewelry this season is a bejeweled museum of natural history. Buds and blossoms are fresh off the stem. Animals, birds, and insects have legs and ears, wings and beaks. Fruit is ripe and round, ready for picking. Although nature has long inspired the jeweler’s art, these three-dimensional models are no longer confined to the whimsical brooch. Roses perch on the finger. A vine twists around the wrist. Wings extend and jewelry takes flight into new levels of dimension. Pieces both small and large have taken on more depth. Delicate small diamond stud earrings by Dalumi are cupped in curved petals that leave the earlobe. Or, at the other end of the scale, rings by Sevan Bicakci are piled with insects and flowers and all manner of garden friends or a flock of butterflies to unheard-of levels of boldness. This is jewelry for collectors. Here are some inspirations to curate your own museum case of precious flora and fauna.


Rose necklace in ruby, diamond, and emerald
Rose necklace in ruby, diamond, and emerald from the “Elizabeth” collection by House of Taylor, (800) 466-0656.
Spider orchid brooch in diamonds and rubies
Spider orchid brooch in diamonds and rubies by Picchiotti, (39) (0131) 953-081.
Elephant 14k gold ring with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires
Elephant 14k gold ring with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires by Super Bell, suggested retail $4,230, (800) 884-3888.
Octopus brooch
Octopus brooch with moveable tentacles by Autore, (800) AUTORE1.
Mediterranean coral, ebony, and 18k rose gold ring
Mediterranean coral, ebony, and 18k rose gold ring by Di Luca 1929 of Italy, (39) (081) 882-4666.
Enamel butterflies with rose cut sapphires
Enamel butterflies with rose cut sapphires take flight on a ring by Sevan Bicakci, (212) 696-9292.
earrings
“Memory” collection earrings by Dalumi, (212) 644-9030.
Sterling silver earrings with freshwater pearls
Sterling silver “Dahlia” earrings with freshwater pearls by Janet Mavec, suggested retail $580, (212) 517-7665.
diamond; flower earrings
Fancy diamond pavé flower earrings by Manak, (415) 255-4768.