Each year, the Lunar New Year is anticipated for the symbolism and good luck it brings. And while we most definitely agree, we simply can’t deny that we also look forward to the Chinese zodiac’s arrival for the exquisite jewelry that it inspires. Check out how designers are translating 2021’s animal-of-the-year, the ox, into glittering natural diamond pendants, brooches and rings you’ll wear well past 2022’s festivities.
Year of the Ox Pendants: Wear Alone or Layer
Fun fact: “ox” also means “amazing” in Chinese slang.
Boasting white gold and a mix of colorless and black diamonds, Qeelin’s Niu Bo Bo ox pendant features the shape of ancient coin—the symbol of fortune— around the animal’s neck.
Part of famous Russian jewelry brand Fabergé’s Heritage collection, this new Heart Surprise Locket’s shell features natural diamonds and red enamel, a color chosen for its symbolism of luck in Chinese culture. A gold ox hides inside as a festive surprise.
With horns and eyes created with natural diamonds and rubies, and a colored enamel flower crown, the design of this Toro Bravo 18 karat gold pendant hails from the 1970s. Its sculptured depiction a running ox expresses fearless bravery.
Year of the Ox Brooches: Your Blazer’s New Best Friend
Though French luxury brand Van Cleef & Arpels has never launched a dedicated Chinese zodiac jewelry collection, it still feature many animal elements in its designs. From the classic 1960s La Boutique collection, the Taureau brooch depicts a walking calf featuring 18 karat gold and natural diamonds. From the brand’s more recent L’Arche de Noé collection, which launched in 2016, the Bisons elegant, glamorous white gold brooch juxtaposes natural diamonds with malachite and onyx.
The Italian brand Roberto Coin has used a variety of animal elements in its Masterpieces collection. This majestic bull brooch is made of black natural diamonds, rubies and rose gold.
Year of the Ox Rings—Statements for Your Fingers
Covered with sharp round diamonds and rubies for eyes, Cartier’s white gold Taurus ring, which launched in 2011, ring depicts a bull as a warp.
Jewelry designer Lydia Courteille introduced this cow ring in her 2014 Animal Farm collection. In it, natural diamonds create a crown for the cow, depicting it as sort of fairy tale princess.
Lebanese jewelry house Zorab Atelier de Creation mixed yellow, black, green and pink natural diamonds into the design of this one-of-a-kind bull ring, which took six weeks to complete.
All the fun and festivity packed into each piece above makes it all too easy to justify your purchase for ringing in the Lunar New Year.