The Artistry of Arthropods

When one of our male colleagues arrived in the office with this luxurious gold beetle brooch affixed to his bag, we knew instantaneously that we had to feature it. As we formalized our plans for this beetle gift guide entry, we realized that there was no shortage of creature-centric art that we adored. As a result, we present you with this unusual gift idea: sculptural—sometimes wearable— arthropods. Before you pull away, we invite you to appreciate how architectural trilobites and whispery moths are inherently artistic in themselves, so the translation of these forms to art is seamless and results in outstanding visual texture. Prepare yourself for some entomological magic!


As our inspiration for this feature, we begin with the scarab brooch by Ukrainian Sergey Zhernov of Zhernov Artifactory. Our team owns two color combinations: gold and two-toned gold and silver plated copper. Both are absolutely phenomenal. We love how the smooth contours of the exoskeleton are spotlighted by the reflective metals. The sculptural spired mandibles extending from the head of the beetles are viciously cool and the clear focal point of these commanding pieces. We proudly wear them as statement brooches on simple black dresses and suits or, as our colleague masterfully demonstrated, as fantastic accents to bags. It makes us feel chic and sophisticated and ever so slightly edgy, in the most delicious way!


a senior woman with white hair wearing a necklace made of tiny silver ants
By Guldsmed Lancing

Next we have an awe-inspiring creation from Swedish father and daughter goldsmiths, Ola and Hilda Lancing, of Guldsmed Lancing . The minuscule whimsy of 200