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Additional Gay Jewelry

 

Find information about gay jewelry such as gay earrings, necklaces and watches, and learn the history behind gay symbols such as the triangle and the AIDS ribbon.

 

1. The Tradition of the Gay Earring

 

For centuries, gays and lesbians have used physical coding to signal to potential partners their sexual orientation. From the late sixties until the early eighties, a trend developed which allowed gay men to openly display their sexuality to those in the know. Gay men could signal each other by wearing a gay earring, usually in their right ear. The side which the earring was on varied from community to community, allowing for some confusion as the trend became more popular.

 

While the gay community did not invent piercings as ornaments, gay men were the first people to have ear piercings in western culture, and the gay community led the way for piercing as part of sexual play.

 

Stars sporting a gay earring now and then include Elton John and George Michael. Since piercing became more popular in mainstream culture, the signal of the gay earring has gone slightly out of style but is still known in gay communities.

 

 

 

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2. Gay Jewellery in Brokeback Mountain

 

Designers in Brokeback Mountain kept to the film's time period in most ways, but used contemporary designs seen in gay jewellery in some scenes. Instead of a traditional gold band, Jake Gyllenhaal's character wears a silver steel double-circle design that not only reflects the character's style, but, in using designs seen in modern gay jewellery, helps to signify his difference to the society around him in the film.

 

Jake Gyllenhaal's wedding ring in the film was a brushed stainless steel design that reflects the trend in gay jewellery in recent years. Designers have increasingly used stainless steel in their designs as more gay men find a need for a hardier metal gay wedding ring. Choose Gay Jewelry from our online catalog

 

 

 

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3. Elton John Wedding Jewelry

 

Elton John, formerly a glamour queen, kept to his current sophisticated style when he married his long-time partner, David Furnish in 2005. Elton's classic tux was accented with a satin collar and his gay jewelry choice was sedate for the wedding.

 

Elton and David took advantage of the introduction of civil partnerships to England by getting married on21 December 2005 . The couple exchanged vows and rings in Windsor in the same church as Charles and Camilla. David is a Canadian filmmaker

 

Elton's choice of gay jewelry on the big day was kept to a modest diamond lapel bar pin, and, of course, his brand-new wedding ring.

 

 

 

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4. A New Approach To Time

 

The wrist watch was introduced in the 1930s, replacing the pocket watch which had been popular until then. Before this time, a mechanism robust enough to keep accurate time while on person's wrist had not been developed. The cell phone today is replacing the wristwatch as a time-keeping device, and the wearing of a watch is increasingly a style choice.

 

The contemporary gay watch is reflective of this trend, using sophisticated designs or pride symbols to indicate gay pride. As cell phones become the chosen time-keeping devices of our society, the choice of they type of watch you wear becomes ever more important. A designer gay watch can act as a statement as well as a stylish accessory.

 

 

 

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5. The Venus Symbol

 

The female symbol, of a circle attached above a cross, is an astronomical sign that comes from as far back as Roman times. The symbol is for the planet Venus, but also pertains to the feminine.

 

The symbol is made up of two elements, the circle and the cross. The cross represents physical matter. The circle represents spirit. Some have theorised that the positioning of the circle above the cross as symbolic of the idea of spirit overcoming matter; however, the sign could also represent the strong bond of the physical and spiritual that is in a woman.

 

The symbol is commonly used in lesbian accessories or pride jewelry, either as two intertwined or single. The symbol has strong links to lesbianism and feminism. Designers of lesbian accessories incorporate linked Venus symbols as a way of showing gay pride. Designers have also used the symbols as a basis of interlocking wedding and engagement rings.

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Lesbian Jewellery

 

Women have always been recipients and wearers of jewellery, but lesbian women can use jewellery as a way of exploring and showing pride in their sexuality. Lesbian jewellery often uses pride symbols, such as the gay pride rainbow flag, the gay pride triangle and female symbols, in subtle or overt ways in the piece's design. Lesbian jewellery can also feature a sexual element or side-effect, and designers that sell lesbian jewellery tend not to be conservative.

 

Sometimes lesbian jewellery can be a way for couples to symbolize their commitment, and not only with rings. Many designers provide interlocking pieces, such as split heart pendants or mirror-reflection pendants, for romantic gifts. Choose Lesbian Jewelry from our online catalog

 

 

 

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7. Tilly's Jewelry Addiction

 

Gay icon Jennifer Tilly admitted many of her worst movie roles have come out of her massive jewelry addiction.

 

"I’ve done a few really terrible movies because I have a jewelry addiction," she said. "I actually did one movie just because of some jewelry I wanted." The actress blamed such classic B-movie films as Bride of Chucky on a need to pay her jewelry bills.

 

As gay and lesbian jewelry takes on mainstream designers for the high-end jewelry market, Ms. Tilly is guaranteed to be appearing in many more classic B-movies in the future.

 

 

 

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8. The AIDS Ribbon

 

The red ribbon symbolizing AIDS awareness was created in 1991 when artists gathered for the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus. Frank Moore, a painter, remarked on his neighbors displaying yellow ribbons in support of their daughter's safe return from her tour as a soldier in the Persian Gulf . He wanted a way to rally people to support action against AIDS, who at the time may have been scared of being publicly identified.

 

The idea was used by the group Visual AIDS, comprised of artists, who instructed supporters in a handout on how to make the ribbon symbol: "Cut red ribbon 6" in length, then fold at the top into an inverted 'V' shape. Use a safety pin to attach to clothing."

 

The ribbon is now a part of symbols frequently used in gay pride jewelry, providing a fashionable way for the community to continue to publicise AIDS awareness.

 

 

 

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9. Rosie O'Donnell's Wedding Ring

 

Rosie O'Donnell got married to her partner Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco in 2004, during that city's brief attempts to force California to legalise gay marriage. Rosie doesn't wear a wedding ring, but since she and Kelli committed to each other she has worn a chunky white-gold ring on her right hand ring finger.

 

A gay or lesbian engagement ring or commitment ring can take a different form from the traditional rings. Lesbian rings are becoming increasingly stylish, designers moving away from classically plain use of bright gold or silver to use buffed metals and angles.

 

 

 

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10. The Gay Pride Triangle

 

Gay pride jewelry features triangles quite often because of the atrocities against gay men during the Nazi-era in Germany . Homosexuality was an offense punishable by 'sterilization', which in early years could involve castration, but in the later years of Hitler's reign was death. Gay men were sent to concentration camps and marked with a pink triangle, just as jews were marked with the Star of David.

 

Gay rights activists began using the inverted triangle as a symbol of resistance against persecution in the 1970s. The symbol has since become a feature of gay pride jewelry.

 

The triangle symbol can also be a lesbian pride symbol, though not used as frequently. Lesbians and women considered immoral by the Nazis were also sent to concentration camps, marked by a black triangle.

 

 

 

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11. Single of Linked Venus Symbols

 

The female or Venus symbol has strong links to female power, and has been used by feminists and lesbians since the 1970s as a general empowerment symbol for women. Although it has been used in gay pride jewelry and lesbian rings with two symbols linked, to represent a lesbian relationship, a single Venus symbol is also a sign of lesbian pride.

 

A single Venus symbol can also be used as part of a set to link couples together. Designers of lesbian rings have created sets of two rings with interlocking Venus symbols that can be separated to join couples together.

 

 

 

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12. Gay Jewelry - Worn On Left Or Right

 

There are many codes that can be used in gay jewelry to express sexual preferences. A nipple piercing in the left nipple only, or an armband tattooed on the left arm only, indicates that the wearer is dominant or prefers being on top, and if BDSM is involved would be the master, daddy or 'sir.' Piercings and armbands on the right indicate a submissive slave boy.

 

The same codes apply for lesbians and female transgender people, with the preference being indicated by a larger piercing or double-piercing on the preferred side.

 

Gay jewelry is often used to transmit codes in the gay community, with symbols placed on a gay necklace, piercing or ring.

 

 

 

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