HIS and HER Jewelry
Today, I decided to travel again on the Google Highway, and explore what came up when I typed in “His and Her Jewelry”.
I’m not a “match-y” kind of of person. If I were coupled, I don’t think I’d wear matching jewelry with my partner.
I’m not androgynous. I don’t like to were very feminine jewelry myself, although I make a lot of jewelry for women that have “male” elements and sensibilities.
I’ve never designed jewelry for a couple or two partnered people. But I’ve had a lot of customers in the shop who came in looking for jewelry they could both wear, and somehow coordinated or matched.
What are my design options? What should I consider when designing his and her jewelry?
Here are some of the things I found:
Two piece pendants.
Two separate pieces designed as if they originally were one piece, and then cut in half. Each piece is to be worn by 1 partner. Here we have an image cut in half.
Four separate pieces designed with different images, 2 more male or dominant, and 2 more female or recessive. Each pair is to be worn by 1 partner.
Two separate pieces designed as if they fit together like a puzzle. Each piece is to be worn by 1 partner.
One pendant to be worn by each partner. The fish supposedly symbolizes friendship.
Two coordinated pendants.
Paired designs, one smaller than the other.
Paired designs, one cut out from the other, and smaller.
These ideas are cute, and I’m sure very saleable. But this male dominance/female subordination thing subtly, or not so subtly, going on, makes me a little uncomfortable. I don’t want my partner to be less than I am. But I also want her to be cute. Dilemma. Aesthetics vs. social conscience. And again, I’m not into the matchy-matchy thing.
Matchy pieces with engraving on each one.
For some reason, I like these rings. Must be the sexual innuendo.
Here we have similar pendants, with the design (the spiral) going in opposite directions — clockwise and counterclockwise.