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Jewelry With Cats

Updated on February 2, 2015
Cats Fill A Heart With Love Enamel Ring
Cats Fill A Heart With Love Enamel Ring | Source

Cat Jewelry

If you are looking for a gift for someone who adores our feline friends, or if you are a cat lover yourself you need to check out the jewelry with cats I have selected for you. Cats have been the inspiration for jewelry design for centuries. We all remember the Egyptians once worshiped them as gods and some say, the felines have never forgotten this! This selection of fine jewelry with cats capture the essence of these fascinating creatures perfectly.

Egypt inspired cat pendant
Egypt inspired cat pendant | Source

Cats And Jewelry In History

Few people are as enthusiastic in their affection as cat lovers; since antiquity, jewelers have promoted this fancy for cats with jewels that pay homage to the feline. Later, many of the world's master jewelers would also stake their artistry on the cat by honoring its form with a myriad of cat-inspired creations.

For at least 9,500 years, humans have loved cats. A Cypriot grave with a human and a cat is evidence of this animal's early domestication. More famously, Egyptians anciently revered them and were among the earliest people to pay tribute to the creature by carving amulets and other jewels inspired by them. Even today, jewels are made to depict the cat deities that were honored in ancient Egypt. Contemporary artisans are influenced by the appearance of cats on Egyptian tomb walls.

Ancient Egyptian jewelry artisans crafted cat jewelry that was worn as an amulet. Such amulets might have garnered the wearer certain protections. These jewels would certainly be worn to honor the beloved creature for which it was a crime, punishable by death, to kill. Young women of Egypt wore utchats, cat amulets that were thought to increase fertility. It was hoped that the woman would deliver as many children as the kittens depicted on the jewel.

Bast Pendant

In ancient times the cat was worshiped as a goddess. Depicted here is Bast or Bastet - the goddess of music and dance, pleasure and love. Traditionally this necklace it presented as a symbol of love and lasting happiness.

Bastet Pendant - Collectible Medallion Necklace Accessory Jewelry
Bastet Pendant - Collectible Medallion Necklace Accessory Jewelry | Source

Cats and jewelry in Europe and Asia

As they spread across India and into China, cats began to be associated with magic and were very well revered across Asia. They were also honored in Rome and throughout the Roman world. Romans are popularly credited with introducing the cat to England. They would continue to be honored in Europe until the Middle Ages when they began to be associated with witch hunts; however, humans would not be able to withstand the charms of cats for long; the felines found their way back into homes and their forms were once again translated into jewelry and art.

Whether worshipped or simply regarded as a lovable pet, cats have been carved into jewels of bone, coral, wood, and other natural materials. They have been cast in bronze, silver, and gold. The cat form can be found in

jewels of each notable historic jewelry era and in many places around the world. Victorians admired cat's eye jewelry, but also employed them in cameos; carved into jet, a popular natural material known for its shiny black color.

Some of jewelry's most famous designers have also derived some of their inspiration from the feline form. In 1910, Carl Faberge designed a famous cat using jasper, emeralds, and gold. As recently as the 1990s, Paloma Picasso designed a silver cat pin for Tiffany's Graffiti collection. Our feline friends were wildly popular as motifs among costume jewelry designers. Rhinestone pins and bakelite brooches are among the most popularly sought-after vintage cat jewels. Vintage cats jewels made from both precious and semi-precious materials continue to sell well at both traditional and online auctions

Cat jewels from historic eras are particularly collectible, but contemporary jewelry is also popularly sought after. Throughout time, people's love of cats has not diminished; instead, it has grown. Finding a charm or vintage jewel is easy today given the wide range of options via the internet. From lockets to lariats, cat jewels mark the ongoing appeal of our feline friend.

Cats Pins And Brooches

Brooch and pins are easy to wear and will look great on a coat, jacket or scarf.

Multi-Color Austrian Rhinestone Silver-Tone Kitty Cat Brooch Pin
Multi-Color Austrian Rhinestone Silver-Tone Kitty Cat Brooch Pin

Crafted in silver-tone metal and colorful Rhinestones. The filigree work makes it look elegant and stylish.


Retro and Vintage Style Cat Brooch

A few years ago I bought my mom a beautiful vintage feline brooch. A real vintage piece. It was quite expensive because beautiful signed vintage pieces are often rare and sought after. But you can find some really nice vintage inspired cat brooches that are affordable and beautiful. Here's one that have a true vintage look.

Vintage Stretching Topaz Cat Pin Brooch
Vintage Stretching Topaz Cat Pin Brooch

Made with black and topaz colored swarovski crystals. Also available in red crystals: Vintage Style Ruby Stretching Cat Pin Brooch


Vintage Cat Brooches - Real vintage pieces

If you prefer real vintage pieces, here's an handpicked selection of vintage brooches from reputable sellers

Bastet amulet between circa 280 and circa 180 BC

High Quality Pendants With Cats

Make someone's day by gifting them one of these this delightful pendant.

14k Rose Gold Brown and White Diamond Cat  (1/3 cttw, I-J Color and I2-I3 Clarity) Pendant Necklace, 18"
14k Rose Gold Brown and White Diamond Cat (1/3 cttw, I-J Color and I2-I3 Clarity) Pendant Necklace, 18"

The pendant is crafted in 14 karat rose gold which complements the 27 brown diamonds. Total gem weight equals 1/3 ct. The diamonds are set in black rhodium. His polished gold whiskers and sparkly tail and collar are sure to delight.

PalmBeach Jewelry Sterling Silver Cat Charm Pendant and Chain 18"
PalmBeach Jewelry Sterling Silver Cat Charm Pendant and Chain 18"

Palm Beach Jewelry offer this delightful pendant for sale. Made from sterling still the design is entitled 'Cats meow' and is sure to be a huge hit. The whimsical design has this intrepid pussy hanging from an 18 in sterling silver chain.


Feline Earrings

Featured here are dangle and post earrings.

Seeka Kitty Cat Earrings from The Artazia Collection - E0333
Seeka Kitty Cat Earrings from The Artazia Collection - E0333

Lovely colorful and irresistible hand painted earrings. Sparkling colored beads and Swarovski crystals to finish.


A Beautiful Bracelet

Antique Silver-tone with Multi Colored Brown Glass Beaded Pandora Style Cat Theme Charm Bracelet Fashion Jewelry
Antique Silver-tone with Multi Colored Brown Glass Beaded Pandora Style Cat Theme Charm Bracelet Fashion Jewelry

This delightful charm bracelet features 2 cat charms. The charms are separated by silver and gold color beads and compliments with glass beads. Comes with gift box, ready to present as the ideal gift for a cat person.


"In ancient times, cats were worshiped as gods. They have never forgotten this." -Anonymous

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I loved these! The history was fascinating. Pinned to my jewelry board, as well as my cat board.

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      Those are really cute, specially the Vintage Stretching Topaz Cat Pin Brooch.

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      trishafly 4 years ago

      Nice lens! Glad I stumbled upon it; reminded me to find my cat pin ... I used to wear it all the time but haven't had it on since our last move. Sigh. Thanks for sharing.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I really love the piece by Laura Milnor Iverson you have on the sidebar. All of her jewelry is so eyecatching. My cats just demanded to be fed and I obeyed, so they must still be devotees of Bast.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Hopefully Bastet has protective powers, over filters too...:)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautifully done :) The cats approve!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      I love the Bast amulet!

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      I have a number of pieces with cats on them. The blue ring is very pretty.

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      Sunflower2423 5 years ago

      I love this lens. I love cats and dogs as well but right now I only have three cats and no dog right now. These cat necklaces and earrings are adorable. I like the one where the cat is dangling and holding on to the necklace. Of course they are all beautiful!

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Love cat jewelry! And enjoyed the information about Egyptian mythology!

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      Just stopping by again to see your lovely cat jewelry collection. =)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful showcase. I never cease to be amazed at the many and varied interpretations of the Cat form, fun or elegant or both at the same time.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I had never thought of the Egyptian cat as a jewelry piece, but seeing the ones you have displayed here, I love them. Now I have to put cat jewelry on my want list to.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 6 years ago from Jersey Shore

      It's adorable! Never really noticed it before but I will now!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So cute! I love that silver cat hanging in there!!

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      queenofduvetcover 6 years ago

      I love cat jewelry, nice lens! =)

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I love cat jewelry!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Love the colorful cat with crown. =)

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Beautiful choices. I would love to get any of these.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      What lovely jewelry - I especially love the silver Bastet pendant. :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      I thought when I saw this title it would be jewelry for cats (oops!), can you believe that. The jewelry is pretty cool though, even if it is for people. :)

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      jolou 6 years ago

      I love cats! These are lovely.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      So many beautiful choices. I particularly like the into piece of cat jewelry.