I’m a young woman and I love statement jewelry. These types of accessories are unique and eye-catching, often with the purpose of starting a conversation. I became even more invested in this type of jewelry with the advent of Jewelmint, a website created by actress, Kate Bosworth, and her designer, Cher Coulter. Each month, beautifully crafted accessories that double as works of art are introduced. If you see something you really like, then you best grab it, or it’s bound to sell out and most likely not come back for a very, very long time. But, what’s all this have to do with anime?
Jewelry is a wonderful way to get a quick read on someone, be it male or female, young or old. I also like to check out the jewelry of my favorite characters, and see how well the two match up.
As odd as it may sound, I consider Holo‘s (or as I stubbornly say it, “Horo”) neck pouch a form of jewelry. It defines her very reason for being where she is when Lawrence discovers her, as well as releases her true form when necessary. The man-made pouch, as well as the wheat sheared by human hands both nicely represent the trapping that keep her disguised as a human and answerable to the responsibilities of man. And, much like the wheat that has been separated from its field, Holo wishes only to return to the land of her birth, a land that may no longer be the same as she remembers it.
Erin wears a necklace that was intentionally made as an accessory; however, it was meant to be worn as a bangle instead of a necklace. The reason for this is because the bracelet originally belonged to her mother, a woman of the Mist People. It was given to Erin as a memento of her mother, who knew she would soon die. Since Erin was too little to wear it as was intended on her wrist, she instead began wearing it around her neck. Both its origin and form remind Erin daily of her heritage as a child of the Mist, of the reason for her mother’s death, and of her task to continue the separation between man and beast in the prevention of war.
Shana and her pendant are one of the most well known jewelry combinations out there. This pendant is actually Alastor, the Lord of the Crimson Realm, and is an extremely powerful force with which to be reckoned. I honestly don’t really like this anime and its tsundere lead, but I must admit that the pendant and its resulting Flame Haze user look pretty awesome.
All of these girls wear pieces around their necks, but there are quite a lot of other types of jewelry pieces that can be found in anime. For example, Sheryl Nome of Macross Frontier and her earring, the rings of Biscotti in Dog Days, as well as Nana of NANA and the large amount of silver jewelry she wears all over her body. Be it in small or large, it’s hard to imagine these characters without these seemingly trivial art pieces. So the next time you see your favorite character, check out his or her bling. What does it say about them?