You know what it’s like; you’ve fallen in love with those gorgeous drop earrings but you’re just not sure if they’ll match the red dress….. You’re thinking of getting him a special ring for his birthday but will he actually wear it? Since time began, we have all enjoyed adding a little jewellery to dress up our outfits but most often, choosing the right piece to wear or to give as a gift has caused at least a little anguish. Will it match? Will they like it?
For the traditional people of the Pacific Islands jewellery has been much more than simple decoration and selecting the right piece for the occasion is not just important, it’s vital!
For thousands of years, traditional Pacific Islanders have adorned their bodies with an array of exquisite jewellery, masterfully created using only elements found within their natural environment. Be it for a harvest celebration, a spiritual festival or a ritual ceremony, choosing the correct item of jewellery to wear in order to convey the correct message was a crucial part of the event. Their jewellery served as both physical and symbolic protection, as a way of displaying wealth and status and as a means of communicating the social position of the wearer, while at the same time keeping up aesthetic appearances. Well, we all want to look our best!