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What’s the Rule on Cat Jewelry?

Is there a rule on cat jewelry? Is it always a no? Always a yes, but only one thing at a time? Or just, go crazy but be very selective?

I want to wear cat jewelry ironically (as in: with ironic intent) now, since I’m in my 30s, and then just keep going straight on through until I can wear it earnestly in my 70s, but I’m not sure when the switch takes place.

If the timing or styling is off, even a smidge, then I’ll be someone people feel vaguely sorry for.

Another problem: I’m not really wearing it with ironic intent right now. Cats are cute, and my cats, well, obviously they are gifted and incredibly special and magical.

I would like to be reminded of their existence at all times by way of the adorable cat bauble.

But it’s a tricky road to travel.

Take this super-cute vintagey black cat necklace.

Vintage Cat Necklace

Black Cat Necklace from Etsy seller RainforestNecklaces.

Pretty, stylish, earnest, yet totally acceptable.

But then, take this very similar, more fantastical black cat necklace.

Fantasy Black Cat Pendant

Fantastical cat necklace by Etsy seller TheBlackCatPendants.

An easy misstep: You definitely have to know your audience to wear this one. Especially if you own a couple of cats. People will make assumptions. If you’re a dog owner, you can get away with it.

It’s all about appearing slightly less obsessed with your cats than you really are.

Now this cat and moon pendant seems like a good middle ground. You’ll mean this, but your friends will assume irony.

Cat in Moon pendant

Cat in Moon pendant by Etsy seller BazingaJewellery.

Or am I way off because I’ve been browsing cat jewelry on Etsy for the last 30 minutes? I’ve lost my ability to judge already. You see?

…But you have to look at this one. This is adorable.

Sterling black cat necklace

Sterling black cat necklace by Etsy seller Nafsika.


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  1. I think there is an art to wearing any animal jewelry without looking crazy. Owls are a hot trendy animal right now and there is a LOT of really ugly owl jewelry out there. But you can find cool owl pendants, like this one ( – I have it in brass) but NOT this one ( Same with cat jewelry. There are cool looking, stylish ones out there! But as long as YOU like it, who cares? 🙂

    August 22, 2013
    • Wise words… like a true OWL! It is an art. You city girls have an easier time pulling it off 🙂

      August 22, 2013
  2. jan #

    There’s a company that makes pendents out of casts of dog noses. They are very popular. i wonder if cat noses would get much business.

    August 22, 2013
    • Oh I’ve seen those! I would totally wear a cat nose!

      August 22, 2013
      • Would a cat stand (sit?) for having an impression taken of its nose though, like a dog willingly would? It would probably come out all smudge-y. Then you could wear it as both an abstract and ironic piece.

        August 22, 2013
        • Hahaha. I was wondering that. It might border on torture trying to get the mold to look nice. Mine would have to be wrapped up in a towel – which is what we do if they need meds. Suffering for fashion.

          August 22, 2013
  3. Absolutely fashion no-no. Anything with paws, whiskers is also included in this.

    August 27, 2013

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