15 Gorgeous Examples of Gem Encrusted Jewelry

Lately, we've seen the rise of modern gem encrusted jewelry. Russian-born, London-based international jewellery reporter Katerina Perez founded her own, dedicated jewelry blog back in 2013 to help celebrate the world's most exuisite and extraordinary jewels. She's a pro at finding what trends are happening right now in the field of jewelry and she'll introduce you to the young, up-and-coming designers who are the ones to watch.

Perusing through her website, we found that some of the hottest trends right now are animal-inspired jewelry, namely sea creatures, elephants, and birds. Another jewelry blog to check out is the one by Margo Raffaelli, a personal jewelry consultant who helps clients find exclusive pieces of jewelry for their private collections. She recently introduced us to Ichien Ballaga's bullfinches ring (as seen above). Made of 18-karat gold, white and black diamonds, rubies, colored sapphires, blue topaz and enamel, the dazzling ring is nothing short of extraordinary.

As she writes, “Ichien is an artist of God, endowed with a talent to notice the beauty in its finest forms and transfer the beauty of the universe to a precious jewelry canvas. Bullfinches is the brands iconic work, having already won a countless army of fans not only in Russia, but also abroad. The jeweler's inspiration came from the contrast of real and fictional worlds. Birds in the piece are flying towards each other, both with stylized wings and elongated tails entwined in flowery patters on the inner side of the shank. It reminds us of both the fragility of nature and of our dreams. Any idea has a chance to become a great success, and bullfinches ring is living proof.”

Now, here are some of our favorite jewelry pieces that have been inspired by animals.

Above: The Bullfinches Ring by Ichien Ballaga

Frog on lilypad ring by Mi Musa Collection

Polar Bear brooch by Boucheron

Frog on lilypad ring by Mirari

Polar bear ring by Chopard

Fish brooch by Wallace Chen

Carpe Koi watch bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels

Snake bracelet by Cartier

Turtle Brooches by Vhernier

Peacock Ring by Katerina Perez

Swan Brooch by Katerina Perez

Peacock ring by Boucheron

Flamingo ring by Boucheron

Owl ring by Boucheron

Chameleon ring by Boucheron

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