Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but bird owners won’t wear it unless it proudly displays their love for their feathered companions. Avian-inspired jewelry often outshines ordinary pieces.
Editor Melissa Kauffman gathered her beautiful brooch collection from various bird events throughout the years. A bird show is a great place to find ornate avian jewelry.
Earthly Designs offers a wide selection of jewelry in a variety of species. They are all available in sterling silver, 14K gold or 24K gold. Contact: Earthly Designs, (315) 587-9349, www.earthlydesigns.net.
This silver cockatoo pin is just an example of the custom-made jewelry available from B.T. Designs, Inc., of California. Contact: (949) 457-2582, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This hand-painted cockatiel pendant by Zarah is made from sterling silver enamel and comes with an 18-inch sterling silver or 24-karat plated chain. Macaw pendants are also available. Contact: PJ Publications, P.O. Box 45468, Madison, WI 53744, www.pjpublications.com.
Jewelry Safety Tips
1. Real sterling silver and gold jewelry is not harmful to birds. Although it is nontoxic, do not allow your bird to play with jewelry, because it might ingest small pieces.
2. Avoid costume jewelry that often contains harmful toxins, such as lead.
3. Avoid injuries from pins and other sharp points or pieces that may break off.