Rhino Jackal Animal Earrings, Vintage Tin Swarovski Handmade Jewelry

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Perfect handmade jewelry for the exotic animal lover, these unique, one of a kind ANIMALIA earrings are fun, looking as if they are antique Victorian animal art.  The lightweight earrings feature vintage tin animal dangles with a rhinoceros and a jackal, Swarovski crystals and copper.  Carefully hand cut, the animal dangles were reclaimed from a vintage tea tin.  The edges of the dangles were ground to a silky smooth finish.  The top animal is an illustration of a critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros, which now is only found on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.  It’s an unusual looking animal with skin that has an armor-like appearance.  The animal below the rhinoceros is a black-backed jackal found in eastern and southern Africa.  It’s very fox-like in mannerisms and is mainly reddish with a black and silver “saddle” on its back with a bushy tail tipped in black.  The back of the vintage tin dangles is a pale golden color with a mirror-like finish which does show a bit of wear.  
To add eye catching sparkle to the earring design, a faceted Swarovski crystal bicone was carefully wire wrapped to sway below each of the animal tins.  The color, a warm brown called “light Colorado topaz,” perfectly complements the earthy colors of the tins.  A copper jump ring connects the dangles to a wonderfully texture rope design copper closed ring.  Sterling silver French hooks, each with the addition of another brown Swarovski crystal, finishes the earrings perfectly.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the ANIMALIA earrings will be much loved by the woman who loves to wear unique animal jewelry.

  • Vintage tea tin rhino and jackal dangles:  app. 20 mm x 14 mm (0.8” x 0.6”)
  • Swarovski crystals:  faceted 4mm “light Colorado topaz” bicones
  • Copper rope closed ring:  app 10 mm
  • Metal:  vintage tin, copper and sterling silver
  • Earwires:  sterling silver French hooks with Swarovski crystal accents
  • Length:  app. 2.25” / 5.7 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the ANIMALIA vintage tea tin animal earrings, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a dime.

Rhinos are a symbol for confidence, assurance and steadiness.  Jackals symbolize intelligence, courage and adaptability.  Tin is a metal associated with success and prosperity.  Even though man made, crystals (glass) carry the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.


The unique ANIMALIA handmade animal earrings were carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio. They will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag with tissue, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***  The jewelry in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.



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