Who shall I be today?
That’s the question a friend of my mom’s asks herself each morning as she gets dressed. What an empowering thought, that I get to choose how the world sees me and what persona I want to have.
Making that choice can be done with clothing but also with jewelry. Do I want to be classic and elegant? Or make a bold statement in color and shape?
Madeleine Albright wore pins to convey a silent message to the people she met with. She wore the pins with a sense of humor and they conveyed her feelings of strength, sass, or support. She famously wore a snake pin during the Gulf War when she talked about Saddam Hussein because he had compared her to an ‘unparalleled serpent’. It was her visual way of delivering a message.
My parents were able to hear Madeleine Albright speak a few years ago and brought me an autographed copy of her book. She inscribed it to “the future of the jewelry industry”. I treasure that inscription and get chills each time I read it. A strong, capable woman who chooses to express herself through jewelry? Can’t get much better than that!
There’s an exhibition of her pins at the Bellevue Arts Museum now through June 7th, I have to go see them and soak up a bit of inspiration!
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