Spiders, snakes, beetles, and other creepy-crawlies. They’re some of fine jewelry’s oldest and most enduring motifs.
The Egyptians viewed the scarab (beetle) as a symbol of rebirth, while the Romans used coiled snakes in their jewels to symbolize everlasting love; snakes also were big with the Victorians after Queen Victoria debuted a snake ring inlaid with an emerald, her birth stone.
These and other fantastical motifs—including magic wands, Medusa, celestial elements, and tarot cards—that have become wildly popular in recent years. Nearly every fine jewelry collection boasts a snake or two (Meija and Sorrelina have artful new serpent pieces), and several brands, including Acid Queen Jewelry and Sophia Zakia, have built their business by delving into spooky motifs and themes.
And of course, beautifully creepy jewels are always ideal accoutrements for Halloween! Here’s a collection of new jewels that shine every day of the year, but also embody the Halloween spirit.
Top photo: Sophia Zakia jewelry including a witchy tarot card pendant (courtesy of Sophia Zakia)