Animal kingdom goes glamorous

Some of Hollywood's most fashionable and daring starlets have been indulging their animal instincts by donning necklaces, rings, bangles and other baubles that display a variety of critters. Why combine high fashion with a concept so unrefined? These pieces make a bold statement, especially against the bright colored hues and tribal prints of summer. But even as playful and daring as animal beads and accessories inherently are, celebrities have demonstrated on the red carpet that they can be elegant and stunning as well. By following these ladies' lead, you too can express your own appreciation for the natural world in a completely individual way.

The brooch
At the Blue Book Ball at Rockefeller Center, Gwyneth Paltrow had everyone buzzing about her Tiffany & Co. black opal, Montana sapphire, and diamond butterfly brooch. The pin, which is valued at $11,0000, comes from the stunning 2013 Blue Book Collection. This collection also includes a snake bracelet of diamonds, Montana sapphires and emerald cabochons in 18 karat white gold. Paltrow's brooch was the only glitz she needed against a vivid blue silk gown. Known for her classic style and everlasting grace, Paltrow showed that an animal brooch can be effortlessly chic. When trying this look yourself, place the pin off center to frame the ensemble and draw attention to an exposed shoulder.

The ring
When it comes to animal jewelry, sometimes even a small piece is enough to make a bold statement. At the "Chime for Change: The Sound of Change" live concert at Twickenham Stadium in London, Jennifer Lopez, donned a LeVian blackberry diamond snake ring in 14 karat strawberry gold. Lopez is never afraid to take the plunge when it comes to her ensembles or accessories, and this ring was no exception. LeVian has been worn by both ancient royalty and today's red carpet idols, crafting multi-colored diamonds into intricate designs that are truly unique. A snake ring pairs just as well with a v-neck tee and waxed black jeans as with a flowing evening gown.

The bracelet
Ever since the Cartier Panther Brooch was created for Wallis Simpson in the 1940s, jewelry inspired by this animal has been a symbol of luxury.  And it still hasn't gone out of style: Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian received the $73,000 black "Panthere De Cartier Cuff" from Kanye West. Kim's bling showed that it's possible to embrace this trend in a flashier way. And at the premiere of Hangover 3 in Los Angeles, Jamie Chung wore an unusual slim-band Gaydamak snake hand bracelet. The delicate, eye-catching piece added sparkle that wrapped around all of Chung's fingers and perfectly complemented her floor-length Armani lace dress. When sporting an animal cuff around your wrist, take a cue from these stars and keep the rest of your jewels simple.

Timeless and striking, animal-inspired accessories evoke the raw, natural beauty that exists in the wild. And it's easy to find a piece that will work for you in a fine jewelers selections, or even in your grandmother's own collection.