One of the strongest human emotions is the feeling of power. Those who experience it become addicted to its influence and what it can achieve. Thus, it is only reasonable that they put their different cards out to maintain that position of authority. Like male chimpanzees compete to be the alpha male of the group by forming strong alliances, showing aggression, or grooming their subordinates, we humans also employ different strategies to reach the top, depending on where we are competing.
In ancient times, kings used to fight battles and capture territory. Today, politicians campaign for votes, or dictators quiet their citizens with military power. In the corporate world, people display a mix of politics, leadership, and performance to reach the top. But these are formal affairs; even in societies, there are informal levels of superiority that command respect and various benefits. Different degree of power comes at each level, with people at the bottom of the economic chain being the most powerless.
Crown jewels form the central part of the British coronation ceremony, which is full of rituals and history. The crown jewels are made with expert craftsmanship and some of the world’s most precious diamonds. This practice is over 1000 years old when the first British coronation occurred in the Anglo Saxon period. King Harold’s coronation was the first at Westminster Abbey, London, in 1066. The crown jewels are kept securely in the Tower of London, where the collection has increased over time. Crown jewels include the famous crowns, banqueting plates, insignia, robes, coronation spoon, royal maces, and precious gems. Some of the famous crown jewels comprise of:
Note: This blog is part of the “Stories of self-expression” series, where we talk about the different ways jewellery has facilitated our journey to expressing ourselves. In the next blog, we’ll discuss how jewellery is used as inspiration and for symbolic reasons to convey different messages. To read about how jewellery has helped us express our emotions, read our previous blog: Love