This series was introduced to help readers travel through various human emotions and expressions and see how jewellery has facilitated those expressions since ancient times. It has undoubtedly been a vital part of our lives. We don’t always realize why we wear jewellery. For most of us, it is limited to the physical appearance, which is one aspect of it but not the whole. The designs we admire, the pieces we let decorate our body, say something about us. So far, we have seen how jewellery helps us express our sentiments, how it substitutes words to express love, how it creates a shared identity, how it empowers individuals to express their individuality, how it shows power, and how it is an intrinsic part of traditions around the world. To culminate this series, we wanted to talk about an inherent feature of jewellery that ties all these aspects together—symbolism.
Be it love, culture, power, or any emotion, it is the symbolic nature of jewellery that gives it meaning. In this story, we’ll talk about artists who’ve been using jewellery to tell their stories. We’ll also see different jewellery and their meaning. So let’s get started.
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. To read about how jewellery became a symbol of status and power, read our previous blog: Power