Dragonfly Jewelry

Why Dragonfly Jewelry Establish in The Fashion?

Dragonflies have a symbolic significance of mystery and rising clouds. When It was young, lived in water, adults hovered in the sky and earth, and my graceful figure, like a fairy, inspired endless romantic thoughts of artists from ancient and modern times, both at home and abroad. Whether it’s the ancient Egyptian dragonfly shaped Feyonce talisman collected in the Metropolitan Museum, or the magical dragonfly jewelry by French art nouveau master Rene Lalique, all show the inspiration that small dragonflies bring to artists’ imaginative ideas.

Egypt Dragonfly jewelry
Egyptian dragonfly in the Metropolitan Museum

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, accompanied by Byron’s poetry and Turner’s paintings, romanticism surged forward, and romanticism advocated for the love of nature, which was fully reflected in jewelry: jewelry with insect and floral themes such as dragonflies, butterflies, and bees became more and more popular.

Dragonflies, butterflies, and bees became the most favored insects in Victorian jewelry from 1837 to 1901. In order to make dragonfly jewelry look more realistic, craftsmen at that time also used a technique called “Entremblant”, which was to install small springs under the wings of dragonflies. When worn, diamond jewelry would vibrate gently with the wings, making the diamonds appear more sparkling.

Dragonfly brooch
Dragonfly brooch Tiffany Tiffany uses Entremblant structural design

In the 1880s, romanticism gradually declined, and under the love of aestheticians represented by Oscar Wilde for Japanese art, dragonflies became an insect that reflected the mystery of the East, often appearing on Japanese porcelain and ukiyo-e paintings. What’s even more interesting is that these seemingly delicate insects frequently appear on the swords of samurai swords.

There is a saying that dragonflies are called “victorious insects” in Japan, symbolizing victory. This may be because dragonflies have a success rate of over 90% in predation, and their agile and efficient skills can definitely be considered as famous aerial killers.

Left: Collection of Japanese Porcelain Plate Metropolitan Museum Right: The Walters Art Museum
Left: Collection of Japanese Porcelain Plate Metropolitan Museum
Right: The Walters Art Museum

Under the influence of aestheticism, the theme of Hefeng also became a sought after object for jewelry artists. At that time, European craftsmen liked to carve flowers and birds on bracelets, imitating Japanese flower and bird paintings, and dragonflies were also the main characters.

Ten years later, a new artistic style was born under the influence of aestheticism, which is called the New Art Style. At that time, jewelry had already gone through more than half a century of luxurious and dignified Victorian style control. At this time, artists were obviously suppressed by this traditional, conservative, and elegant style for too long, and urgently needed to embrace nature and promote a sensory and romantic art.

The main characteristic of the Art Nouveau style is “imitating nature”, but unlike previous realistic jewelry, this group of artists also integrated their artistic ideals and imagination into jewelry. If the past jewelry was realistic, then there is no doubt that the jewelry at this time is “freehand”.

Jeulia "Life & Vitality" Dragonfly Enamel Sterling Silver Drop Earrings
Jeulia “Life & Vitality” Dragonfly Enamel Sterling Silver Drop Earrings

The grand new art style of the late 19th century loved to combine the flora and fauna of nature with the female body, creating many creatures that only appeared in fantasy worlds. The delicate and beautiful figure of the dragonfly, its rapidly vibrating transparent wings, and elusive floating figure are like fairies in Greek mythology in the eyes of jewelry artists. Making the combination of dragonflies and human bodies more mythical, the most famous of which is Rene Lalique’s work “Dragonfly Woman”.

Dragonfly Woman by Rene Lalique in CalousteGulbenkian
Dragonfly Woman by Rene Lalique in CalousteGulbenkian

In fact, compared to the jewelry that combines dragonflies with human bodies, we may be more familiar with the images of ancient and supernatural fairies in fairy tales. They usually wear fairy like gauze skirts and have a pair of sparkling wings on their backs. In Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, there is a fairy named Titania who leads the fairy spirits. Although Shakespeare did not specifically depict her appearance, later artists coincidentally installed a pair of dragonfly wings for this fairy, as if these wings were the most suitable for this playful yet magical fairy.

Most jewelry inspired by dragonflies has always been purely realistic in its form, but in reality, more abstract designs are more suitable for our daily wear and can also be fashionable and versatile. This dragonfly brooch not only captures its characteristics, but also highly summarizes and abstracts various details of the dragonfly. In order to achieve a sense of elegance, the straight body of the dragonfly is curved, and the white gemstone adds a touch of liveliness. Rather than being abstract, the dragonfly is actually more like a little elf.

Jeulia "Garden Dragonfly" Round Cut Sterling Silver Brooch
Jeulia “Garden Dragonfly” Round Cut Sterling Silver Brooch

In addition to the light and beautiful appearance of dragonflies that people flock to, the hidden emotions and symbolic meanings behind them also make people yearn. For thousands of years, dragonflies have been praised by many, and people constantly feel beauty, freedom, and courage from this insect. The resonance with the most beautiful traits in the human heart may be the reason why dragonflies have been loved by artists and designers for thousands of years.

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The Design Concept of Insect Jewelry

For thousands of years, insects in nature have become elves for people to express their emotions. They are beautiful, cute, mysterious, and always irresistible. Insects are the most exquisite artistic masterpiece of creators, always embodying human emotions as elves. Insect jewelry are engraved in every inch of jewelry, using the luxury of diamonds to highlight the agility of insects.

Scarab – Rebirth, Protection, Sun God

Jeulia "Insect Magic" Scarab Design Round Cut Sterling Silver Ring
Jeulia “Insect Magic” Scarab Design Round Cut Sterling Silver Ring

The ancient Egyptians had an unparalleled belief in the power of rebirth. They regarded the scarab as a talisman and made it into jewelry to wear for safety. With the continuous development of jewelry, the mysterious scarab has never faded out of people’s vision. Whether in the period of decorative art or contemporary times, jewelry with scarab elements has been constantly emerging!

Butterfly – Freedom and Soul

Jeulia "Poetic Spring" Butterfly & Flower Enamel Sterling Silver Jewelry Set
Jeulia “Poetic Spring” Butterfly & Flower Enamel Sterling Silver Jewelry Set

In Japan, it is the endorsement of female charm; In ancient Greek legends, it symbolizes the reborn soul released from the body; The Native Americans of the Amazon River basin believed that pouring out their wishes to them would come true. The numerous varieties of butterflies, combined with their rich and dazzling color patterns, provide designers with countless inspirations and vast creative space, making the butterfly effect in the jewelry industry never cease!

Dragonfly – Mysterious, Rising Clouds

Jeulia "Nature's Wonder" Dragonfly Design Sterling Silver Brooch
Jeulia “Nature’s Wonder” Dragonfly Design Sterling Silver Brooch

The grand and harmonious new art style of the 19th century loved to combine dragonflies and women. The delicate hollow design and colorful enamel made the combination of dragonflies and the human body more mythical. The dragonfly itself is light, beautiful, and full of spirit, making designers unable to resist wanting to showcase its form.

Spiders – Auspiciousness and Creativity

Jeulia “Web of Death” Spider Web Two Tone Sterling Silver Necklace

Legend has it that spiders once protected the young Jesus who went into exile in Egypt. In addition, spiders cater to the Western adventurous and bold personality, making them the most popular design theme throughout history. In today’s increasingly personalized pursuit, the mysterious temperament of spiders is also what people long to enhance, so more and more designers have obtained excellent design inspiration from spiders!

Bees – Imperial Power

Jeulia Honey Bee Crossover Sterling Silver Jewelry Set
Jeulia Honey Bee Crossover Sterling Silver Jewelry Set

It is said that when Napoleon was still a baby, a bee landed on his lips, and later Napoleon became the emperor. Many brands, represented by Napoleon’s jewelry brand Chaumet, have also begun to incorporate bee elements into jewelry. Many jewelry presents bees and flowers as interdependent companions, and these natural creatures are like the most ordinary artistic sublimation!

As these little creatures quietly become the new favorites of designers when making jewelry, insect jewelry seems to have evolved into a series of vibrant life forms that blend in with nature.

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