Inspirations: Feathers and plumage in jewellery

There has been a lot coverage of the V&A’s Alexander McQueen exhibition which opened this week and one topic that has come up quite a bit is McQueen’s fascination with birds and his use of plumage in his designs.

The bird fascination has been carried through in Sean Leane’s jewellery collection to accompany the V&A show which you can see here and it set the LJS team off on a look at how else plumage has influenced jewellery makers.

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These striking earrings show that grouped feathers can work as jewellery as well as separated dangling ones. This image was found in an article on men’s earrings on


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Not all feather jewellery features real feathers such as this ring by Maria Nilsdotter


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Feathers can be leather such as this one by LoveAtFirstBlush

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… or Perspex, Tatty Devine style

If you are now feeling inspired check out this feather necklace from LJS founder Jessica Rose’s book Bead and Wire Fashion Jewellery or take a Fashion Jewellery class to find out more about working with feathers.

1 FINISHED Feather Necklae Final on White copy



  1. Posted March 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think it’s all a bit grotesque, a throwback to the Victorians.

  2. Posted March 23, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s a strange trend but i think nit works subtly, for example the Tatty Devine necklace is definitely lovely and simple- I have to agree with the above comment that real feathers do seem quite bizarre

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