Who Invented Jewelry?

This image was used on a postcard advertising my senior show.

I designed this set with inspiration from plastic beads.  Plastic beads that I bought from a thrift store. Beads that were sold in a jar of Smucker’s Peanut Butter, no less.  I found these funky, outdated faceted plastic beads, and knew they would be amazing in silver.  So, I made earrings and a ring out of them.  And this necklace:

Made from one of the plastic thrift store beads, among other things...

I was really proud of this set.  It was for a class project, but I wanted to make something for me: something I could wear all the time.  You see, as much as I love crazy, non-wearable, “art” jewelry, I’m always going to be drawn to pieces that are unique but still wearable.  If I’m going to invest my time and heart into something, it had better have a solid purpose, you know.  Even if that purpose is just adornment…  I enjoy wearing these.  They make me feel good.  And that’s one of the main functions of adornment: “feeling” something. Being aware of the value another person has placed on you.  Feeling crowned, chosen, remembered, cherished, beautiful, accomplished, ridiculous.

It’s amazing what a few ornaments can do…

In Ezekiel 16, God reminds his people (figuratively) how He had taken care of them:

11″I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck12 and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head13 So you were adorned with gold and silver…  You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. 14 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

Don’t tell me God doesn’t care about jewelry.  He INVENTED jewelry.   You may have wondered why I put those last few words in bold. Well, I just wanted to emphasize that when God puts His seal of approval on something, He adorns it with transforming beauty.  Physically speaking.  He shows it off.   When someone is right with God, you see it in their eyes, their smile, their features…  I want my “arms, neck, nose, ears and head” to be adorned.  I want to be covered in adornments that mark me as loved and loving, forgiven and forgiving.  I want to look like patience, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, love, concern, gentleness, self-control…

I’ll leave it at this:  May my Love for God, (and His work in my heart) be as evident as the rings on my hands, the pendant at my neck, the earrings in my ears, and the bracelets on my arms.

(And maybe someday, the ring in my nose….)

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