Designed with meticulous detail, each piece is not only a finely crafted work of art in beautiful sterling silver, but also an inspiring portrait of some of our closest friends—and wildest dreams. From cherished pets to daring fantasy creatures, Jodi Bergsma evokes the energy of each animal with stunning precision—giving animal lovers worldwide yet another way to connect with the animals around them through jewelry.
The presence of animals in our lives is an ancient thread that has brought us uncountable benefits throughout history. Having a pet or companion animal brings comfort, joy, friendship, and in the case of service animals, increased freedom and self-sufficiency. Animals have been shown to speed healing, facilitate therapy, and promote longevity, and ask so little in return for such phenomenal service.
Dogs: Man’s Best Friend
The earliest history of dog domestication is as vague as that of cats. Archaeological findings suggest that a loose, working relationship between dogs and humans was established as early as 14,000 years ago. The partnership likely grew out of humans’ need for herding and hunting assistance. Dogs also served as an alarm system in the primitive world, and in worst-case scenarios, as a reserve food source.
Though the initial companionship might have been based on grim factors of survival, the history of the dog as a companion is rich with incidents of canine loyalty and assistance to humans. It has been speculated that without sled dogs, the emigration across the Bering Straight may never have been successful, and many later migrations of Native North American tribes would have been impossible without the assistance of their domesticated dogs.
Today, dogs are billed as man’s best friend, and it certainly seems that the general populace agrees. Over 74.8 million dogs are claimed as pets in the United States alone, outranking every other type of pet by far. Because of their status as pack animals, dogs have inherent and sophisticated systems of relationship that make them particularly social and trainable, which is one of the biggest aspects of their popularity. They’re loyalty is legendary, and their ability to learn complex commands makes them ideal service animals. Seeing-Eye Dogs were one of the first innovations in animal-assistance, but the field is expanding rapidly as we find new applications for the companionship that a good dog confers.
The manipulation of species via selective breeding has further enhanced the appeal of dogs, and people searching for a new pet have the opportunity to choose from nearly 200 different breeds, each with their own traits and personalities. Labradors, Huskies, Chihuahuas, Dobermans, Poodles, Beagles, Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Dachshunds, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, Bulldogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Great Danes, Corgis… The list is seemingly endless, and incorporates a vast array of characteristic differences, making it possible to choose a dog that fits in virtually any situation, environment, or circumstance.
The influence of dogs on modern society is overwhelming. Associations such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) draw huge numbers of dog-owners, and televised dog shows are hugely popular. Dogs have starred in movies, inspired hit songs, taken up permanent residence on America’s Funniest Home Videos, and have launched a pet grooming and accessory industry that generates millions of dollars annually.
So Many Reasons to say Thank You
In more ways than we can count, our animal companions enrich our lives and offer us obvious benefits, as well as providing support that we may never notice. These faithful friends truly deserve our heartfelt thanks and Peter Stone, with the help of Jody Bergsma, has created a beautiful way to honor that unwavering loyalty, with this vivid new collection of sterling silver Animal jewelry.