For centuries, animals and nature have inspired painters, sculptors, writers and artists alike, and jewellers are no exception. In Fellows Antique & Modern jewellery auction on 11th May, a delightful selection of pieces inspired by Mother Nature will be going under the hammer.

For centuries, jewellers and artisans have adorned pieces with petals, flowers, insects and animals in intricate designs. From the Art Nouveau period to the designs of Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef & Arpels, jewellers have turned to nature for inspiration - and what's more beautiful than that.

We've selected just a few pieces from the 506-lot strong sale at Fellows. Don't forget to click on the lot to discover more.

Spirit animals

blog.php-1523 Gem set brooch in the shape of a fish

blog.php-1522 Kutchinsky 18ct gold diamond and gem-set rabbit brooch

blog.php-1521 Tiffany & Co diamond brooch

blog.php-1520 A mid to late Victorian gold, baroque pearl and diamond vulture brooch

In full bloom

blog.php-1524 A pair of diamond flower earrings

blog.php-1525 Mikimoto pearl and diamond 'Olive' ring

blog.php-1526 Jade, lapis and turquoise brooch

The auction will take place on 11th May at 11am. The public exhibition will take place on 2nd May in London and on 6th, 9th, 10 and 11th May in Birmingham. Check out the full catalogue here.