There are thousands of animals used in jewelry, with many listed below, with information from various sources.
Original Source tells us that:
"Most of us adore ourselves wearing jewelry having designs and patterns of our favorite animals ...different animals have variant symbolism and wearing them can bring really positive effects in life.
A Dragon, the 5th element of the Chinese zodiac, is a symbol of strength, courage and fortitude...the embodiment of magical power...the master and ruler of the five elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Wind and Void. A dragon ring or pendant protects from bad or evil energies, strengthens from within to face any harsh situation.
"Since Fish are Water creatures, these creatures are good at explaining our emotions. Fish jewelry creates a sense of understanding our dreams and desires, makes you seek knowledge, helps solve the mysteries of the unknown. Fishes are symbolism of fertility, good luck and transformation. In Christianity, a fish is a symbol of abundance and faith. In Celtic culture, the fish is related to knowledge, inspiration, prophecy and wisdom. In China, the fish represents fidelity and togetherness. Gifting newlywed couples fish jewelry is to bless them abundance and fertility to reproduce.
The Owl is often considered to be the carrier of the spirit after the death to the Underworld. Wearing an Owl helps explore the mysteries of" the unknown and creates a sense of the psychic awareness. In Indian Culture, the Owl is a sacred animal and is associated with Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and abundance."
Elena at Violabz tells us that:
"Snails symbolized eternity and fertility in Egypt and Babylon, and in medieval Europe, sin and laziness. Later, it became a symbol of modesty. In Islam, snails symbolize doubt, in Buddhism...patience, and its shell, frozen time.
"Many peoples of the world associated frogs with a number of unpleasant properties. In Chinese tradition it symbolizes the lunar “Yin” [and has been] associated with healing and good luck in business. In European folklore, toads are associated with witches, [and charmed princes]. In Moche culture, frogs were among the revered animals and frequently appeared in works of art. Panama legend says that fortune comes to those who see the Panamanian golden frog.
"In Hinduism, the Tortoise was the second Avatar of Vishnu. Vishnu took the form of a half-man, half-tortoise, the lower half being a tortoise, and with four arms. Tortoise shells were used by ancient Chinese as oracle bones to make predictions. The tortoise is a symbol of the Ancient Greek god, Hermes.
"Horse worship existed during the Iron Age and, in some places, as far back as the Bronze Age. The horse was seen as divine, as a sacred animal associated with a particular deity, or as a totem animal impersonating the king or warrior. Horse cults and horse sacrifice were originally a feature of Eurasian nomad cultures. Horse worship has been almost exclusively associated with Indo-European and Proto-Turkic culture.
"The Owl is sacred to the Greek goddess of learning, Athena, and is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and, of course, wealth. In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead.
Forever In My Heart tells us that:
Owls are known for their distinctly shaped facial disk and forward facing eyes. [It has] become a favorite among animal-themed jewelry... because it holds so many layers of symbolism: wisdom and knowledge, mystery, protection, and secrets. The Native Americans associated them with foresight and the ability to predict weather conditions. Other cultures believe that if an owl visits you, it is considered an incredible gift.
Elephants [represent] virtues such as determination, loyalty, patience, responsibility, level-headedness, as well as strength, honor, and stability. An elephant with an upward trunk has a meaning of good fortune.
Paw prints pieces have a deeper and personal meaning for their owners. Paw prints can act as a symbol to pet owners of their departed domestic pet companions.
Sea life jewelry includes dolphins, turtles, crab, seahorse, and octopus. Dolphins are known to symbolize gentleness, playfulness, friendship, contentment, intelligence, harmony, and power. Known for long life, Turtles characterize strength, longevity, endurance, protection, patience, and wisdom. The Seahorse is a symbol of strength, power, high-perception, and friendliness."
Avia at What's Your Sign tells us that:
Cats: "Almost every culture has some kind of myth or story to tell that features the feline. Some cultures vilify them, other cultures worship them.
"Ancient Celtic: Guardian of the Otherworld, stoic, silent and mysterious, they keep the secrets as they gaze with guile upon a world that does not see or understand the depth of their knowledge. However, black cats were feared, and sacrificed.
"Western tradition: Black cats are associated with witchcraft, due to black being associated with perils of the night; associated with transformation just as the veil of night shifts our perception of reality.
"Ancient Rome: Cats were sacred to Diana, the moon Goddess and were guardian of homes and a symbol of domestic goodness.
"In Muslim lore, the cat is honored for saving Mohammad from a fierce snake.
"In Norse legend, the cat is draws the chariot of their fertility goddess, Freyja, and is thought of as a blessing upon newborns and a good omen for families.
"In ancient Egypt, cats were sacred and were depicted as their lunar goddess, Bastet, [who was seen as the personification of the soul of Isis, Goddess of 10,000 Names].
Cat Animal Symbolism Key Traits: Astute; Clever; Selective; Secretive; Mysterious; Intuitive; Intelligent; Independent; Supernatural; Watchfulness"
What is my Spirit Animal tells us that:
Dogs: "Symbolic value of protection, alertness, bravery, devotion, and constancy.
"Ancient Egyptians used Dog symbolism regularly. The city of Cynopolis translates as “Dog”, and the law required care of dogs. The Dog Star (Sirius) marked the flooding of the Nile for the new year with predictability and faithfulness.
"Babylon and Assyria both have ... the concept that Dogs have psychic vision and see ghosts or imperceptible dangers and use this mystical ability to protect their owners not only in this life but the next.
"The Greeks chose a three-headed Dog image (Cerberus) as the guardian of the dead with the ability to see-true, acting as a guide and intermediary for human souls. The hunter Orion was always accompanied by his faithful Dog, Sirius. The Goddess Artemis is also depicted with divine hunting Dogs.
"The Norse Garmr is a Dog that stands at the gates of the underworld and will only howl if the end of the world is nigh, again a visionary and prognosticator.
"Mythology portrays the Dog as being brave, powerful and vigilant.
In South Africa, we see this creature portrayed as an Ancestor spirit that gives humankind fire, and in Japan, the images of Dogs often stand guard at temple doors."
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