THE JEWELRY COLLECTION of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, was a bit of a zoo. Almost literally. She owned little pearl brooches by Seaman Schepps that depicted pecking chicks. She also wore a Cartier diamond clip in the form of a preening flamingo and a great many of the house’s fiercely decadent signature panther pieces.
Animal motifs have long stalked the world of fine jewelry. Along with Cartier’s cats, which last year celebrated their 100th anniversary, there are Bulgari’s Serpenti watches and bracelets, launched in the 1940s. And over the course of its 157-year history, French jeweler Boucheron has assembled an ...
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