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All That Sparkles

With its colorful pieces, glittery avian jewelry is what to wear for the bird owner.

By Connie Cho

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.

bird jewelry pinsEditor 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.

bird jewelry earringsEarthly 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,

bird jewelry cockatooThis silver cockatoo pin is just an example of the custom-made jewelry available from B.T. Designs, Inc., of California. Contact: (949) 457-2582,

bird jewelry cockatielThis 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,

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.

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I used to wear jewelry buy its just easier with birds not to wear it!!
Jennifer, Baltimore, MD
Posted: 12/6/2008 7:16:29 PM
So pretty!
Jessica, toronto, ON
Posted: 10/26/2008 7:36:21 PM
The jewelry is very pretty. Would love to see some pieces with conures, quakers or cockatiels.
Della, Madison Heights, VA
Posted: 3/8/2008 7:34:36 PM
Zarah Co. located in Topanga, California produces custom jewelry which contains high levels of lead in it's enamel. The company has been aware of this for a long time but fails to let it's customers know.
Julie, Pittsburg, PA
Posted: 10/12/2007 12:44:17 PM
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