What a Hoot--Owls in Jewelry

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Hoo knew owls could be so cool? These feathery friends have perched themselves in fashion, home décor and jewelry for a smart style statement with lots of staying power. Known for their wisdom, keen sight and patience, owls are surrounded by fascination and awe. In addition to their undeniable intrigue, owls have held deep spiritual power and symbolic meaning across many different cultures throughout time. Here are some suggested jewelry-making products and design ideas to swoop up this trend.

The owl is an iconic symbol of knowledge as it is commonly shown with a graduation cap and gown, and was made famous by Tootsie® Roll's classic 1970 commercial where Mr. Owl attempts to find out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. This is just one example of the wide-ranging appeal of owls. These heartwarming creatures bring smiles and joy and add a fun touch of youthfulness to any outfit.

Whether you're a night owl or an early bird, there's an owl jewelry statement for everyone. Find jewelry-making supplies to design pieces for any look or time of day--including kitschy porcelain owls, brightly colored lampworked owls, more traditional-looking carved owls and everything in between.

Owls are right in line with the current animal trend and tie in well with a vintage-inspired style. Take a large antiqued metal owl pendant and attach to a long necklace chain for an instant on-trend piece. Or combine carved owl bone beads with gemstone beads for a naturally stunning design. Make simple and easy pendant necklaces with owl charms and necklace chain or add owl charms to bracelets.

Celebrate the various calls of an owl--whistles, screeches and hoots--with owl bell beads. Add to jewelry designs, key chains or use to embellish gift wrapping. Want easy-to-sell style? Shop a wide selection of ready-to-wear owl jewelry and owl-themed gifts perfectly matched to this trend.

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