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In Fine Feather
Jewelry Trends


With fish and fowl in vogue, itís not surprising that designers are also finding inspiration in the feather. In addition to suggesting the spiritual world, feathers are also a symbol of truth. The Egyptian goddess of truth, Mayet, wore one on her forehead, symbolizing her role as judge of the souls of the dead. Medieval Christians wore signet rings with three feathers as a pledge of the three virtues: faith, hope, and charity.

A traditional decorative element in Indian art, the feather is lovely when abstracted. Delicate diamond feathers are particularly popular. Other designs can be quite faithful, like the jewelry cast from the carvings of wildlife sculptor Grainger McKoy. Designer Lori Bonn goes one step further, sealing real feathers under domes of quartz. ó Cheryl Kremkow


Horn cuff with peacock feather set with blue sapphires, rubies, and diamonds
Horn cuff with peacock feather set with blue sapphires, rubies, and diamonds by Bochic, suggested retail $19,000, (212) 873-0707.
Peacock feather quartz and malachite cocktail ring in sterling silver
Peacock feather quartz and malachite cocktail ring in sterling silver by Lori Bonn Designs, suggested retail $328, (510) 286-8181.
Mallard feather bracelet in sterling silver
Mallard feather bracelet in sterling silver by Grainger McKoy, suggested retail $450, (800) 839-8439.
Quill earrings and charm necklace in 14k white gold and diamonds
Quill earrings and charm necklace in 14k white gold and diamonds by Mizuki at Fragments, suggested retail $2,900 and $2,910, (212) 226-8878.