As the women’s week draws to a close we celebrate the eternal association between women and their jewellery. The relation between women and jewellery is a mysterious and deep one and there is something about those precious pieces of metal that has never failed to win over the hearts of the women. In fact, the love for jewelry transcends border, religion, culture and social stature.
Decoding Women and Their Love for Jewellery
So why do women love jewellery? The first and biggest reason is to make a mark in a special and recognized group in society. Gorgeous jewelry sets you apart from others and helps to develop self esteem in a woman, convincing them that they are no less than others. The shine and dazzle of jewelry is attractive to young women and for them, it is a way to stand out in a crowd and be the centre of attention.
Secondly, every woman wants to look pretty and here jewelry is the thing that they fall back upon. A perfect accessory can enhance your look – jewellery thus is a must have if a woman wants to look pretty and desirable. Matching jewellery with costume is a sure shot way to increase your oomph factor.
Moreover, a rare jewel is an indication of wealth and prosperity which is sure to give a woman rare status in society that they crave for. For many women, jewelry is a source of aesthetic pleasure and a magic wand that provides them an instant boost in confidence assuring them that they are no less than anyone else.
Stone Age to Modern Age – The Love Continues Unabated
Since time immemorial, women and their jewelry have had an unbreakable bond. Skeletal evidence unearthed from the depths of the earth has found women proudly displaying their jewelry collection. If one delves back to history one of the women known for her love for jewelry was Queen Cleopatra who had elaborate headdress, armlets, and crown that she loved to flaunt and which was the sign of her being the undisputed ruler.
The unfathomable love affair that women have with jewelry continued in the generations that came with royal women like Maharani Gayatri Devi, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and the legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor all of whom made a mark in the fashionscape with their unmatched and unique collection of jewelry. These pieces were a reflection of their taste and helped them to stand out and increase their stature and aura.
Bejeweled Indian Woman in the Modern Age
Maharani Gayatri Devi’s royal lineage showed in her beauty and poise and she was named in the list of Vogue’s ‘Ten Most Beautiful Women of the World.’ Her impeccable beauty was enhanced manifold through the stunning pieces of jewelry that she wore and the most vital pieces of treasures were the wedding diamond chandelier earrings and a Navratan necklace strung on a gold chain which was a wedding gift from her husband, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II.
Beauties From Across The Sea
Even the foreign shores have style icons who are known for their undisputed taste in jewelry and the biggest and most popular examples are from the British royal family. Both Queen Elizabeth and her daughter-in-law, the late Princess Diana were hailed as style icons and their jewelries are part of the folklore. The most spotted and treasured jewelry for Her Majesty is her engagement ring that has a 3 carat diamond solitaire flanked on each side by 5 smaller diamonds, all set in platinum. Even now, Queen Elizabeth never misses a chance to wear the ring which is a sign of her marital bliss.
Princess Diana was an able successor to her mother-in-law and took forward the legacy in her lifetime. The jewelries worn by her complemented her ethereal beauty and sophisticated charm that made her a much loved princess to her subjects. Her most popular pieces of jewelry were the Spencer Tiara which was a wedding gift from her father John Spencer and the diamond and sapphire ring gifted by Prince Charles to her on their engagement. It has a large oval sapphire surrounded by fourteen diamonds and set into an eighteen-carat white gold band.
Jewelry and a Hollywood Beauty
Moving away from royalty, there is a name that instantly comes to our mind when we talk about jewelry – Elizabeth Taylor. The legendary actress was an epitome of beauty and her taste in jewelry matched that beauty. Her most prized piece was a diamond tiara that was gifted to her by her third husband Mike Todd. Even though tiaras were not so much in fashion, her appearance at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival made it the fashion statement of the season.
“I love my jewellery” are words that have resonated with the women of yesteryear and today who have never been able to break this love affair and will be forever continuing with this unbroken tradition.