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Posted on 16 December 2016

JEWELRY
IN POLITICS

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Women politicians use the power of jewelry to send subliminal messages.

From Roman amulets to the grand pearls of mighty society hostesses, baubles have projected the values and aspirations of the wearer.


But power jewelry today is used more subtly - to underscore a shift in message, target a specific audience or suggest a more irreverent side to a staid image. The new trend in power jewelry relies on a single good-quality piece that draws the eyes, rather than an ensemble of busy ones.


The palette for women in power is more neutral and subtle than it was a decade ago, with pearls, brooches, silver and black.



Hillary Clinton

For Hilary Clinton, it used to be a hefty pair of gold earrings, or diamond and sapphire ones- classy bling left over from her days as first lady.

Nowadays, it is an uncluttered pair of hoop earrings, a simple necklace and a bracelet.

In Clinton's case, that has meant downplaying some of the showier pieces that until recently defined style. On her second quest for the presidency, Hillary's jewelry consists of classic adornments with a note of folksy sentimentality.

 

Hillary Clinton_red jewelry | blingtalks

Red is the colour of power

 

Theresa May

Theresa May, Britain's post-Brexit prime minister, has also marked a political journey through her choice of jewelry.

Everyone remembers the large Margaret Thatcher's imperious adornments -long strings of pearls and regal brooches

Margaret Thatcher pearl jewelry | blingtaks

Like many prominent women of the Conservative tribe, May, begun by emulating Thatcher's old-fashion style.

She sharpened her accessories and now sports quirky geometric jewelry, like an eye-catching necklace or large blue molecules, like the one she wore on her first cabinet meeting. A silver necklace with dominatrix overtones..

Theresa May red suit  gold jewelry | blingtalks

 

 

Madeleine Albright 

Madeline Albright, America's first female Secretary of State, has described using her "pins" (power jewelry types under the term "brooch") to project defiance and strategic aim.

Some traditions survive new trends. Michelle Obama's is famous for outsized pearls, while Clinton selects a large pearl collar for formal meetings. But women don't have to wear pearls and gems to communicate with jewelry.

Albright’s décolletage diplomacy began after the first Gulf war, when Iraqi media described her as an “unparalleled serpent”. Revenge was swift. “I happened to have a snake pin, and wore it to my next meeting on Iraq,” she recalls. “I was the only woman on the Security Council, and I decided to get some more costume jewellery. On good days, I wore flowers and butterflies and balloons, and on bad days, all kinds of bugs and carnivorous animals.”

Madeline Albright jewelry | blingtalks

Pins are the message
 

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, she wore mostly silver. Once established at the helm of German politics a reliable look; string coloured jackets and large necklaces in precious stones. These sent useful messages. When she debated her Social Democratic rival before the last election, she chose a thin necklace in red, gold and black like the German flag.
Angela Merkel jewelry | blingtalks

Here again, we can see the use of red suit as the colour of power and persuasion along with subtle silver jewelry.

 

 

 Source of information @The Economist

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