Vintage jewellery designer Annina Vogel has been fined £2000 for selling antique claws from endangered animals.
Claws from panthers, leopards and lynx were found by trading standards officials to have been used.
All are banned for sale in this country, whether they are antique or not.
The designer, whose star client list includes Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Huntington Whitely, Lily Allen, Stella Tenant, and Elle McPherson, used antique claws in her jewellery that was on sale at prestigious London department store Liberty (pictured above).
Vogel told the magistrates’ court in Westminster that she did not realise the use of the claws was illegal because they were antiques.
Her lawyer Andrew Banks conceded that ignorance of the law is not a defence. “But in this case it is strong mitigation.”
According to a report in The Times, the use of antique claws was discovered when a salesperson at Liberty told a customer that Annina Vogel jewellery featured tiger claws.
The customer reported the claim to trading standards, which investigated and discovered the use of claws from several big cats that are on the banned list.