Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you wear jewelry?
What story does your jewelry have? Do you share it or shy away?
Jewelry Tells Your Story
Jewelry is part of the human experience. We have been adorning ourselves since the beginning of time. Archeologists believe that even as far back as 75,000 years, necklaces and bracelets made of shell beads were an emblem of a person’s rank and membership in a particular group or tribe.
Rich in symbolism and not just in price, jewelry can be a reflection of our values, status, beliefs, culture, accomplishments, conquests and milestones in life. It is a way we tell the world a little about who we are. Jewelry when inspected, can also tell a tale long after the owners have passed.
Think of how we made the decisions to buy our school rings, a cross necklace given during a coming of age, or hand of Fatima, the Claddagh ring to show availability, birthstones to match our birth signs, headdresses, the Crown Jewels… they all give us a glimpse into the life of the person wearing it. Jewelry has symbolism!
You may also have noticed that “heirloom jewelry” is a big trend right now. Heirloom jewelry is jewelry that is passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes it is an antique that has been in the family for decades.
Today’s trend is actually to have that special piece of jewelry created that will stay in the family and keep the family’s story alive until the end of time, for example, the Royal Jewelry!
How many times has this happened to you? You are out at a party and someone says out of the blue: “Oh, I love your earrings!” I say “thank you” and tell them all about it in a long story. It was either a gift from a special someone, you inherited from your great-grandmother, you bought it for yourself to celebrate your new job, you saw it in a gallery while traveling and connected with the meaning behind it… Yes – jewelry is a real ice-breaker.
Jewelry Can Even Be Rather Empowering
Tomorrow, when you put on your jewelry, ask yourself what you are telling the world. Do you carefully select what goes well or do you slap it on because you have to?
Show us your jewelry, tell us why you choose it and what memory or emotion it evokes.
Do you own any empowering jewelry?