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Power Jewellery: Mediating Powers through Jewellery

Petra Ahde

“When I wear it, I feel it gives me life force.”

The quotation belongs to an 87 year-old woman who tells about her brooch which she got as an engagement gift from her future husband decades ago. The brooch is still giving her force to live. This paper is about the power people gain from their jewellery. It explores how people feel they gain powers through their pieces of jewellery. These powers seem to influence the way they desire things and how they appropriate their possessions. In this paper I will describe the beliefs that transform possessions into mediators of powers.


design, jewellery, power