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I’m following up my first gift guide for Dachshund lovers with a guide to the best Dachshund-related jewellery I’ve come across. By “best”, I mean the most elegant, the most unusual, the most original, or the cutest. As you may notice, my eye is generally drawn to simpler, minimalist lines but I have tried to include some more chunky or sparkly pieces as well. I’ve also tried to stick to affordable pieces for mere mortals, with a couple of notable exceptions from a luxury range by jeweller Donna Pizarro.
I always marvel at how a single piece of jewellery can evoke so much sentiment. Even though I’m a great appreciator of a nice piece of bling, I actually don’t wear a lot of it (perhaps I would if I were given more of it, hint hint Mr Monkeyshine). But the items that I do own stir up deep emotions and memories just to look at them.
Combine jewellery’s nostalgic power with our intense connection to our pets and you have a potent mix, resulting in a gift that is likely to be treasured for years!
I’ll admit to having had tremendous difficulty in keeping this list short. I’d originally included cufflinks and watches in this guide, but I’ve had to move them into the Accessories category (coming soon) in order to keep this one to a reasonable length. But it’s still a long post, best savoured over a nice hot cuppa or a crisp glass of something. I’ve organised my findings under the following headings:
Most of these items are from Etsy sellers from around the world. No matter where you’re purchasing your gift from, do be sure to factor in the costs of postage, additional handling fees and any import taxes or duties that may apply for your country.
Potential customs charges are an important factor to consider if you’re going to request the seller to send the item directly to the recipient of your gift, since they’re incurred at the receiving end, not at the time of purchase! As an Etsy seller myself, I know this is particularly important when sending to the UK.
Finally, do be sure to take note of production and shipping times for each item, especially if you’re thinking of getting the gift in time for Christmas. Most sellers just use standard airmail. In some cases, you can upgrade to priority or express shipping but remember that once your package is in the mail, delivery is entirely out of the control of the seller! They can only provide an estimate of how long shipping normally takes to different regions.
Disclaimer: I must stress that I’ve not personally bought any of these items—they’ve simply caught my eye as standout pieces as I’ve worked through pages and pages and pages of search results—so I cannot attest to their quality or durability beyond their visual appeal on screen. I cannot be held responsible if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
So with the important housekeeping out the way, let’s start off with brooches and pins, seeing as it was my Dachshund brooches that triggered this whole crazy notion of a series of Dachshund gift guides.
Sausage Dog Brooches and Pins
I’m entirely won over by this little chap’s contented facial expression, big floppy ear and red waistcoat. Made by TheLittleLabs Duo, this polished gold hard enamel collectible pin is a sweet and inexpensive option for under AU$20. It ships worldwide from the US.
This cute dachshund in a pink tutu by Queensland designer Adverbium (Katie) is a great choice if you’re looking to spend less than AU$10 but want to make an impression. Katie drew this pin to match the Ballet Dancer Sausage Dog plush toy made by her friend, OhFrankieHandmade, whose shop I’ll be featuring in my up-coming Dachshund lovers guide to toys.
I love the pink ear on this adorable little Darby + Dot™ pin from Californian studio, Maple and Cotton.
Be aware that CHRISTMAS 2017 orders from Maple and Cotton must be placed by DEC 6th.
Ingrid Wolf is the talented textile artist behind Mix and Match Boutique. I love the deep turquoise she’s used for her needle felted Dachshund brooch. This delightful little character even comes with a birth certificate. He’s clearly popular, as there’s only one of him left! Ships from the United Kingdom to select countries.
My Dachshund Online is an Australian shop dedicated to dachshunds and their paw parents. They support several animal charities, so by purchasing from them you’re also helping one of their good causes.
At AU$12, this characterful wooden brooch is an inexpensive option that will still bring much delight to its wearer.
Wiener Dog Necklaces
You’d best be quick as at the time of writing there’s only one of these limited edition beauties remaining. Hand crafted from sterling silver by designer Barbara Magana, whose Etsy shop is Objeteria.
Barbara will even personalise this necklace with your chosen brief wording on the back of the pendant.
This particular piece was inspired by the designer’s own dog, Chory. Sadly it sounds as though Chory has crossed the rainbow bridge as Barbara speaks about her in the past tense. She says: “Her ears were always flapping and that is why this pendant has a little ear detail. “ Too sweet.
All of Barbara’s work has an elegant, minimalist sensibility. Another of her pendants that caught my eye is her sweet and simple little bird pendant.
Notice how the heart has been used to form the sweet little nose on this Dia de los Muertos Dachshund necklace by Pretty in Ink Jewellery? This design is also available as hypoallergenic, stainless steel earrings.
Animal-loving artist, Cali, pioneered the application of Day of the Dead culture to pet portraits. Her fun range of brightly-coloured Dia de los Muertos animals is quite extensive. I especially love the black French Bulldog necklace and this Chihuahua charm.
Another reason to buy from Cali is that through her shop, she runs a ‘Prints for Pits’ program, through which she’s been able to donate tens of thousands of dollars to pit bull rescues all over America.
I love the simplicity of this design and the unusual treatment of the ear. It comes in either sterling silver or antiqued matte brass, but there are only two left in each finish. Under the cleverly named label, S’wag, Canadian artist Sarah Dobranowski makes “fetching jewellery for dog lovers” with a particular focus on Dachshunds.
Another sweet and minimalist design from S’wag, made from solid sterling silver. You choose which texture you’d like on the ear. I’m hard-pushed to decide between the cross-hatch and the polka dots.
I really admire the movement in this unusual piece, made from sterling silver with a brass collar. In fact, movement is skilfully represented in many of the original creations from Cuckoos Nest Gallery, such as this beautiful silver hare brooch, cleverly portrayed leaping mid-air with crossed paws.
Cuckoos Nest Gallery is the studio of artists Graham Rice and Sheila Raven. Sheila is also a professional archaeologist, with a particular interest in jewellery and precious metal objects from the British Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. While some of her jewellery is inspired by the past, she also draws inspiration from her natural surroundings. Her studio, on the edge of the Cotswolds, sits in a small wood “where wild orchids still flourish and foxes, hares, and owls can be seen”.
As Sheila’s jewellery is not machine-finished, the individuality of each piece is enhanced by a few very fine lines observable on the surface as a result of sanding and hand-polishing.
These two hand illustrated necklaces by La Cravatte du Chien really leapt out to me as something different and unique. Artist Dafni Kantzilieri combines illustration with jewellery making to create her eye-catching and highly original pieces.
Made from 2mm thick plexiglass (so probably not a good option for a child’s gift). Only two left in each design. Ships worldwide from Germany.
I’m a complete pushover for anything orange so I had to include this limited edition, extra-long sausage dog necklace. It features hand-painted enamel suspended from a stainless steel coil, and if orange isn’t your colour, it also comes in cheerful blue.
I’ve always wanted to try my own hand at enamelling, but it’s behind a long, long, long list of creative-things-I-must-do-one-day, so perhaps I’ll just stick to admiring the skilled handiwork of others for the time being.
Lucie and Petr are the Czech designers behind the whimsical label Cinky Linky. They also make a beautiful and unusual ginkgo-leaf pendant with matching earrings. They ship worldwide and accept custom orders.
Are you desperately seeking that elusive, almost paradoxical “good for the planet” jewellery item? Christine Street runs her studio, Chocolate and Steel, in the most eco-friendly way possible. All of her metals are reclaimed, she avoids harsh chemicals and she employs 100% renewable energy to power her Los Angeles studio.
This rectangular pendant comes in two finishes: reclaimed sterling silver or 14kt gold vermeil. The sweet, french-themed illustration of a wiener dog in a beret is by artist Gemma Correll.
If you’re looking for a more substantial statement piece that confidently speaks “luxury”—and the price tag really is no object—then consider this rose gold and diamond pendant from gemologist Donna Pizarro’s Animal Whimsy Collection. With 9 diamonds in the collar and leash, and 2 forming the eyes, the total diamond weight is .16ct.
Each piece is custom made using the lost wax casting process. Donna does all the bench jeweller work herself after her husband Juan — a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional — completes each casting.
A few more pieces of interest from Donna Pizarro
I’m making a brief diversion here because I found it nigh on impossible to search for specific items within her shop, but there are actually quite a few Dachshund treasures in her Animal Whimsy collection. So to make it easier for you, here are a few more doxie discoveries I made while scrolling through her listings.
Dachshund Earrings and a Sausage Dog Belly Ring
I’m completely smitten with all of the witty, pared-down creations from designer Claire Losekoot: lightning bolt cloud earrings, sleepy sloths, dinosaurs, giraffes… And how can I possibly go past this cheeky monkey pendant. Her love of animals shines through in all of her wonderfully light-hearted, minimalist creations.
These cute wiener dog studs are available in three finishes: sterling silver, yellow gold plated sterling silver and rose gold plated sterling silver. The design is also offered as a necklace in two different sizes, small or tiny, which you can purchase separately or together for a unique mother and child gift.
Claire ships worldwide from her studio in Athens, Greece.
Melody is an American jewelry designer who now lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa (which is where I went to school and university). All of her designs originate as sketches which she then translates into charming pieces like these cute, hand-cut sterling silver studs.
If you click through to this listing, you’ll see some good photos showing how each half actually looks on the ear. Very clever and sweet!
I’m really taken with the simple lines of these small, elegant earrings. Rosie Deegan is the environmentally conscious jeweller behind Etsy shop, Elouise Makes. I love her tagline: “Animal Inspired and Paw-made with Pre-loved Silver”. All of the pieces in her enchanting menagerie are handcrafted from sustainable, recycled silver.
Sustainability is clearly an important consideration in Rosie’s business practice. Her eco-friendly ethos is carried all the way through her shop, from the recycled metals and environmentally friendly jewellery cleaner to the choice of packaging.
She has several other dachshund pieces in her collection, including sausage dog cufflinks, a necklace and a beautiful dachshund scarf pin.
See these earrings on Etsy. There’s a lovely picture on her listing of one of them hanging daintily from the ear.
Most of the sausage dog jewellery I found was quite feminine, but this unusual ear cuff makes a great unisex option from American studio, Ranaway. All of her items are welded or soldered together to make a strong bond, designed to never fall apart.
I like the strong masculine lines and patina age of this adjustable cuff. One of the reviewers commented on how she’d given it to her boyfriend who loved it, and particularly appreciated how he was still able to wear headphones with the cuff on.
“So many animals, so little time!”. That’s the introduction from silversmiths Virginia and Eddy, whose Stick Man Jewelry studio is located in Montréal. Animals are the main inspiration behind their fun collection.
These happy little sterling silver dachsies really are tiny. They measure about 3/8″ tall (0.95cm) and 3/4″ (1.9cm) long. The hooks have rubber stoppers to ensure that these little darlings stay securely in place. The design is also available as a very sweet sausage dog pendant.
Stick Man Jewellery ship from Canada to select countries via regular airmail. So remember to allow up to 3 weeks for delivery to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and 2 – 5 weeks for other countries.
These fun earrings would make a great gift for a doxie-loving teen. Artist Chiara Stone has combined her own love of animals with her graphic design background to create her cheerful label Hoobynoo, which specialises in gifts for pets and people.
Hoobynoo make some very sweet pet tags which I’ll be featuring soon in a guide of gifts for your sausage dog.
These earrings are from one of Chiara’s original illustrations, which is also available as an adorable necklace.
This belly ring is made from surgical grade stainless steel, with a 5mm ball. You can choose from a variety of colours for the gemstone, although unfortunately you can’t see images of any of the other colours in the item listing. However, you can get a feel for the other colours by scrolling through paperandrock’s full collection of personalised belly rings.
Sausage Dog Rings
I love this incredibly clever concept from jewellery designer, Morgan Fischer. One ring forms the face of the Dachshund, the other forms his tail, and they can be worn in a variety of ways, as she explains in her description for this listing:
These rings might represent the most unique idea that I’ve ever come up with. You could wear just the Front End of the Dachshund Ring by itself, and you’d have a fantastic ring. But, combine the Front End with the Back End, and you’ve got yourself one complete, adorable Dachshund… you can separate the two rings on your hand so the rings are one, two, or three fingers apart. Depending upon how many fingers apart you wear the rings, you create the appearance of a longer Doxie body… It’s so much fun, and so cute! You can even wear one ring on the left hand and the other on the right.
Such a fun concept! Alternatively, you can order just the front end of the dachshund as a single ring.
This cartoon-like Dachshund ring wraps around the finger until the head meets the tail. I like the patina of this piece, which has been cast in solid white bronze with a sterling silver plated overlay.
Moon Raven Designs is the studio of Canadian Michael R. Doyle. Heavily inspired by the natural world, his collection of jewellery based on human and animal anatomy is most intriguing. It features curiously imaginative designs like his anatomically correct gripping skeleton hand ring and his intricate human spine ring comprised of vertebrae graduated in size like a real backbone.
All Moon Raven Designs pieces are packaged in a custom Moon Raven Designs Gift Box. Michael is happy to include a note, which you can specify on checkout.
Vintage Dachshund Puppy Dog Ring – 18k Yellow Gold with Cubic Zirconias from Wilson Brothers Jewelry | Etsy
Wilson Brothers is an American Etsy shop dealing in vintage jewellery and treasures. I haven’t featured any vintage pieces until now, primarily because they are just one-offs, but I do love this eye-catching piece. Sadly there’s no information about its origin.
This ring is a size 5, but it can be re-sized up 3 sizes or down 2 sizes for an additional fee.
Wiener Dog Bangles, Bracelets and Anklets
LolaAndCash is the independent studio of another Cape Town artist, Vikki. This dainty little polished sterling silver bracelet was modelled after her very own Dachshund, Lola. By the way, in case you’re wondering what a “worsie” is when you’re reading her description, that’s what South Africans call sausage dogs. It’s Afrikaans for “little sausage” and it’s pronounced “vorsies“.
Vikki also has this cute design available as earrings, but be sure to take a look at the photo she has of one of the studs on an ear, because they may be a tad long for very small lobes!
The dachshund in this charming anklet has been cleverly hinged in the middle to better drape around the ankle, but it seems to me that this has the added benefit of allowing him to wag his tail as he chases his bone!
The standard length is 9″ (22.86cm) but it can be made longer or shorter. It can also be shortened into a bracelet.
The artist behind LINKJewelryinc is a professional bench jeweller based in Florida. Trained by his father from a young boy, he specialises in precious metals. Much of his work is custom design, as you’ll see in the beautiful, individualistic jewellery in his Flickr portfolio of pieces he’s made for past customers.
Sometimes you just want to tell it like it is! Lulaport also offers a free option to personalise this bangle with a name or date inside the bracelet (limited to 25 characters).
This one size fits all bracelet can be made in aluminium, copper or brass. Made to order, it’s hand forged and hammered by hand for additional texture. Each letter and number is stamped by hand, one at a time, adding extra individuality to each piece.
I’ll finish this guide with a bit of colourful, jingly jangly, retro fun.
The creative brain behind this unique piece is Nancy from Fairystone Crafts. One of the things I love about Etsy is reading the artist profiles and learning how they arrived at their craft. Many makers have found their calling through circuitous routes and unexpected or challenging circumstances. Nancy’s story is an especially moving situation that is no doubt familiar to many. She says:
Several years ago, I became an at-home caretaker for my elderly mother. The transition could have been a difficult one, except God truly prepared me for the role—utilizing my abilities as an illustrator & commercial artist, my hobbies of collecting old postcards & magazines, and the modern wonders of the computer & internet—I began making and selling jewelry.
Nancy’s fun collection is filled with unusual and brightly-coloured creations. I’d love to see her stash of vintage postcards and magazines she mines to create her charms. This altered art charm bracelet features vintage sausage dog art from old postcards, illustrations and advertisements, as well as two pewter charms – a dachshund and a dog bone.
Since each design is unique, your purchase may not look exactly like the one pictured, but it will certainly be cheerful and retro!
That concludes this guide. Phew! If you still haven’t seen enough Dachshund goodness, be sure to check out my first guide, Striking Black and White Art Prints for Sausage Dog Fans.