Friday, August 6, 2010
Book Review- "Read My Pins" by Madeleine Albright
The pictures in this book are astonishing- so many beautiful baubles. When my husband saw the book he asked "How much are those things worth?" It might surprise you that a woman of such power would have jewelry of very humble origins, but it's true. Most of her pieces are costume jewelry, worth very little money and made of base metal and imitation stones. Yes she does have some high end pieces, made of gold and precious gems, as well as some handmade artisan pieces. But the value of these pieces goes beyond money- it's about what the shiny trinkets meant that was important.
There are so many examples in the book of the different pins she has worn and why, but I will mention a few here that are the most interesting:
Turtles- worn when Madeleine was impatient with the slowness of negotiations
Crabs- when she was agitated
Ladybugs- worn when feeling happy
Hot air balloons- when she had high hopes
Owls- worn when wise action was needed
Spiders- when she was feeling devious
Bees- when she wanted to send a sharp message
Mushrooms- "I have nothing to say at this time."
Pick up this book, based on a touring jewelry exhibition from The Museum of Art and Design in NYC (one of my favorite museums ever), if you love jewelry and what it can reveal about the wearer. Right now the exhibition in in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Castle.
Oh, and back to the challenge piece: here is my pin dedicated to Madeleine Albright. Sterling silver dove with peridot eye: