Jewels, since their appearance among the ancient civilizations, were considered as a status symbol of the persons who wore them, but nowadays thanks to the great diffusion of bijoux made with poor and non-precious materials, they paradoxically seem to have an added value. They still are status symbols, but can also be considered as the full expression of our personality. Jewels talk about us, they reveal our taste, our culture, our life philosophy, so I was really impressed when I met Clelia Stincheddu and Giulietta Piccioli with their Jewelry Green project at the last edition of Pitti W in January. It’s incredible how every single Jewelry Green piece reveals a universal truth related to the values of the archetypal relationship between human beings and nature.
Two collections amazed me for their intrinsic meanings:
|Jewelry Green – Uterus – photo: N. Baglioni|
The Uterus collection is inspired to the place where life begins. It’s a series of ellipsoid silver rings and pendants protecting a symbolic “fetus” made of a semi-precious stone or a little piece of moss that has to be fed with a special rainwater spray. A jewel in the making, in constant growth, as the projection of ourselves and our relationship with nature. Jewelry Green Uterus would be usually classified in the green-fashion accessories category, but its meaning is surely much deeper than that.
|Jewelry Green – Uterus – composit by The Fashion Commentator|
My Pussycat collection, despite the ironic name belonging to the slang, speaks the female body language expressing all its power and taking inspiration from the ancient anasyrma rite (anasyromai, from ancient Greek) the gesture of ‘lifting the clothes’ to show the genitals and ward off the evil eye. My Pussycat is a silver pin-buckle-pendant shaped as a stylized vagina in which you can embed the moss and make it grow with rainwater spray.
|Jewelry Green – My pussycat – composit by The Fashion Commentator|
The genitals exhibition, even if by a symbolic jewel, can be felt as a traumatic experience, but the sense of inadequacy that many readers are feeling right now, is mainly due to the cultural-ethical-religious stratifications that have suppressed this not morbid free expression of female sex.
In doing my bibliographic and iconographic researches for this post, I found the very interesting studies of Dr. Achille Della Ragione, who explains the importance and diffusion of the anasyrma ritual in many cultures (African, Sumerian, Greek, Egyptian, Inca, ancient and contemporary Japanese, European, Hindu, etc.). The anasyrma practice is also mentioned in the ancient Homeric Hymns dedicated to Demeter, but we can find it even in local Italian traditions such as the Baubo statues, or the Abruzzo habit of the sailors’ wives who showed the vulvas to the sea to ward off storms and misfortunes whenever their men departed.
|Jewelry Green – My pussycat – photo: N. Baglioni|
The Jewelry Green project includes other collections named Elements, Germogli Urbani and In_Vaso: three different interpretations of nature that can also become a series of home objects if put on a table or hung from the ceiling. Objects with a multifaceted identity of design jewels and “nature jewels” which dig into the meaning of life, re-gaining possession of an ancient free expression of the body, going beyond the simple concept of green-fashion.
|Jewelry Green – In_Vaso collana|
|Jewelry Green – Anello IN_VASO|
|Green Jewelry – Anello Element – photo: N. Baglioni|
|Jewelry Green – Bracciale GERMOGLI URBANI|
|Jewelry Green – photo: N. Baglioni|
Alessandro Masetti – The Fashion Commentator