Jewellery the Secret Language of Women
Since ancient times women have been found way to “talk” and express their filings and thoughts secretly, using jewellery and different accessories because the women have been with unenviable and restricted social status too long time.
Flower in the hair, an enigmatic scarf over her shoulders or even the position of a ring on her finger are some historical examples how women can express love, anger, irreconcilability, support or disapproval without opening your mouth.
Love and Marriage
The earliest wedding rings were most of all confession in love and “possession” rather than gesture of commitment. Initially, these kinds of jewellery were wearing on the wrists, ankles and other uncovered parts of the limbs. It is suggested that even cave dweller expressed their love on very curious way: to prevent her chosen woman to escaped, they tied her limbs with robe made by lather, roots or grass. Definitely, similar “wedding jewellery” did not guarantee stability, on which they hoped to have in their marriage.
It did not past so much time when enterprising ancient person started to use bones and shells to make more qualitative and stable rings over the years. The wellknown golden classic rings were introduced in Roman times.
Actually, long time ago women used rings to show their marital status and/or their emotions around. The classic Irish Claddagh ring is a perfect example for this: if the heart is upside-down means that woman heart is untaken and somebody could win it, but when the heart is in the right position, she already found the love and her companion in life.
The jewellery is not only indicator of marital status but they have been used as a hiding place, for example: to hide a bunch of hair as souvenir from a dear friend or even a lover; to indicate a wealth or high social status.
It was times when it was not only forbidden for a woman to speak freely but it was more than dangerous.
Even the most famous and powerful Queen Elizabeth I of England should be careful and hide her secrets and weaknesses very well.
Soon after her coronation she ordered to be made for her a medallion, in which she kept inside two images - her own and on her tragically famous mother Anne Boleyn, who was accused in witchcrafting, incest, infidelity, betrayal, conspiracy against the king, despite of inconvenienced evidence she was sentenced and beheaded in Tower of London on March 19th 1536.
Queen Elizabeth I did not only know her mother well, because she was only 2 years old when she lost her, and she kept her grief and love in deep secret, because she could not talk freely about her.
Nevertheless the history is full of examples for women who show their disapproval with delicate acts. These were activities which were done with hidden intention and very often they remained unnoticed by the crowd, but sent definite and completely clear sign to those, who should receive it
Madeleine Albright, United States Secretary of States in the Cabinet of the President Bill Clinton from 1997 until 2001, is a contemporary example of woman who put in her jewellery and accessories significant meaning. The beginning of the story was initiated by the Iraqi press when in 1994 she was called “an unparalleled serpent”
Immediately after the meeting with the leaders of the country she appeared wearing a snake pin. This is very unusual but short and clear “message” from Madeline Albright initiate the beginning of one of most exotic and famous phenomenon in world diplomacy.
In her book “Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box”, she shares how without any intentions she transformed her personal jewellery into a part of diplomatic arsenal, forcing foreign leaders to “decoded” her mood and thoughts according to the pin that she is wearing. For example they felt calmer when she was wearing a sun pin instead of wasp.
To pointed calmness and good intentions she used birds and butterflies, but for strength and aggressiveness she wore spiders and snakes, to show her readiness for talks and agreements she trusted to turtles.
When she met her Russian colleague Igor Ivanov, she wore a small arrow shaped pin, and then he decided to make a joke. The answer was “Yes, We make them small so you’d better negotiate!”
After all words you can conclude that it may be true and completely undeniable statement that a woman always has something to say!