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Political Jewellery Through History

Hey guys, here’s why we’re expending into political jewellery. It’s a shiny new way to express your views!

Jewellery has long been used as a means of expressing political views and opinions. From ancient times to the present day, people have worn jewellery to show their loyalty to a particular cause or ideology, to display their social status and wealth, and to make statements about their beliefs and values. Whether it is a simple lapel pin or an elaborate statement piece, jewellery has the power to communicate powerful messages and to inspire social and political change.

Gold and the Pharaohs

One of the earliest examples of jewellery as a means of political expression can be found in ancient Egypt. During the pharaonic period, jewellery was often used to symbolize rank, power, and social status. For example, pharaohs and other high-ranking officials would wear elaborate headdresses, necklaces, and other types of jewellery to demonstrate their wealth and power. In addition to its decorative function, jewellery was also used to convey political messages and to promote certain ideologies. For instance, the ancient Egyptians used jewellery to depict their gods and goddesses, as well as to represent their beliefs about the afterlife and the natural world.

Greece and Rome

Jewellery was also used as a means of political expression in ancient Greece and Rome. In these societies, jewellery was often worn to show one’s allegiance to a particular city-state or political party. For example, the ancient Greeks wore distinctive earrings, bracelets, and other types of jewellery to show their support for a particular deity or political leader. In Rome, jewellery was also used to show one’s social status and political affiliation. For example, wealthy Roman citizens would wear elaborate gold and silver jewellery to demonstrate their wealth and power, while poorer citizens might wear simple, more modest jewellery.

Moving on to the Middle Ages

Middle Ages jewellery has continued to be used as a means of political expression. For instance, knights and other members of the nobility would wear distinctive badges and insignia to show their loyalty to a particular lord or king. During the Renaissance, wealthy merchants and other members of the emerging middle class began to wear jewellery as a way of displaying their social status and wealth. In the modern era, jewellery has continued to be used as a means of political expression, with people wearing items such as lapel pins, wristbands, and other types of jewellery to show their support for a particular cause or political movement.

Political Jewellery in the 21st Century

In recent years, jewellery has also been used to make statements about social and political issues. For example, many people have worn jewellery as a way of expressing their support for the LGBTQ+ community, the feminist movement, and other social justice causes. In some cases, these items have become popular as a way of raising awareness about these issues and as a means of supporting social and political movements.

The Obama Effect

Michele Obama, the former First Lady of the United States, is known for her political activism and her commitment to social justice issues. She has often used her public platform to advocate for issues such as education, health care, and women’s rights. In addition to her words and actions, Michelle Obama has also used her clothing and accessories to make political statements.

One example of this is the necklace that Michelle Obama wore during her husband’s presidency. The necklace, which was designed by the jewellery brand Celine, featured a gold and silver pendant with the word “vote” written in all capital letters. The necklace was seen as a subtle yet powerful statement about the importance of political engagement and the right to vote. Michelle Obama wore the necklace on a number of occasions, including during a speech at the Democratic National Convention and at a number of other political events.

 
 

Jewellery and Lady Justice(s)

Meanwhile, over here in the UK, Lady Hale, the president of the UK Supreme Court, has also used her jewellery to make political statements. In 2019, Lady Hale wore a spider brooch to deliver a speech about the importance of the rule of law. The spider brooch, which is a symbol of wisdom and patience, was seen as a subtle yet powerful statement about the role of the judiciary in upholding the rule of law. Lady Hale has continued to wear the spider brooch on a number of occasions, and it has become an important part of her public image.

Overall, both Michelle Obama and Lady Hale have used their jewellery to make political statements and to draw attention to important issues. By choosing to wear particular pieces of jewellery, they have been able to express their beliefs and values in a subtle, yet meaningful way. Their use of jewellery as a means of political expression is a reminder of the power of clothing and accessories to communicate ideas and to inspire social and political change.

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