Jewellery’s More Than Just An Accessory
Following on from our ‘What Jewellery Means To Us’ campaign last week (if you missed it you can still catch it on our Instagram highlights) we are continuing the theme and looking at how jewellery is so much more than a fashion accessory.
For many of us, wearing jewellery can be about fashion and expressing our own style. However, we also wear jewellery as they hold sentimental value to us; rings or necklaces that have been given to us by someone special or inherited from family members.
Also, in a lot of cultures around the world, as well as being worn for style and sentiment, jewellery can also hold religious meaning and traditions. So what can jewellery mean?
Beaded jewellery is having a bit of a comeback recently. When I think of beaded jewellery I think of the friendship bracelets my friends and I used to make each other when we were little.
However, in some cultures such as in Africa beaded jewellery dates back thousands of years. The wearing of beaded jewellery can symbolise many things such as your status or connection with a particular tribe. It was even known to be used a type of currency for trading certain things., as well playing a big part in religious ceremonies.
The first thing when you think of symbols of love and jewellery, you’ll probably think of wedding bands and engagement rings. Many of us wear rings for fashion, and this changes with the changing trends; Stacking rings, statement rings, silver, rose gold, yellow gold, mixing metals, yet all while keeping our wedding finger free for our ‘future’ wedding bands. So where has this superstition come from? The tradition of wearing your wedding ring on your left ring finger actually dates back to Roman times. It was believed that the vein in that particular finger on your left hand ran directly to your heart, isn’t that a lovely notion! It’s also thought to be bad luck to wear a ring on that finger. There are however many countries that in fact wear wedding rings on the right hand, such as Germany, Norway and Latvia as well as others. So where do you stand on this tradition?
Pendants donning the tree symbol can symbolise the tree in Eden, as well as being a firm favourite for fashion jewellery. Along the same line, crosses have been worn as a symbol of your Christianity, as well for purely style-related reasons.
Jewellery also plays a huge part in traditions. As we’ve mentioned before in marriage and even more so in Indian weddings. Often the bride wears jewellery from head to toe. Necklaces denote security and wealth, nose embellishments often signify that the bride is of marrying age and ear ornaments represent the bride’s mental and physical health.
It is usually not only one ring finger too, but a beautiful hand decorative harness called a Haath Phool. Head jewellery is also said to safeguard the wife and husband and ornate anklets and toe rings are also worn.
There are so many wonderful traditions and meanings behind the fashion jewellery that is inspired today, we’d love you to share your thoughts with us over on Instagram too.