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Jewelry in the Media: Mockingjay

With the Hunger Games series gaining a net gross of over $1 billion since its first film, let’s take a look at some of the jewelry behind the big screen. Just about anyone would recognize the Mockingjay pin worn by Katniss Everdeen, which also makes an appearance on the cover of two of the three books in the trilogy. What fewer people probably know is that it was adapted from the book cover by jewelry designer Dana Schneider, who has designed for over fifty films and TV shows since the start of her career.

Although plated with 22-karat gold (plus an antique finish that gives it a classic, rusty look), the actual pin is made of sterling silver. The bird, which is a fictional species, appears to be a cross between a Swallow Tailed Kite (the back end) and  the Pied Kingfisher (the head). Caught in its long beak is an arrow, and the entire bird is encircled in an austere ring. The bird itself is intricately designed, with even its individual feathers visible.  Needless to say, it is likely one of the most identifiable birds in the world, despite its nonexistence.

Dedicated fans can buy copies of the pin at various websites and stores (though none are made by Dana Schneider, who does not have the rights to reproduce the pin).


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