R for Rainbow jewellery in the Blogging from A to Z challenge.
I’m having a look at online jewellery collections and what you come across when you search them.
And look, I found the rainbow! When I grew up, the rainbow was simply a magic faraway phenomenon in the sky. Visible and yet so unreachable. We have now come to know it as a symbol for respect and tolerance in general, and especially in relation to LGBT issues.
The piece I want to show you today is (again) from Smycken, the online jewellery collection of Nordiska Museet in Stockholm. Another example of how this museum does not focus only on exquisite historical pieces, but is open for what is going on in society today.
At the occasion of Europride 2008 (hosted by Stockholm) the museum collected items that people had been wearing or carrying with them during the event, and this flower lei is one of them.
Flower lei of synthetic flowers. Flowers in double fabric, one colour, in the colours yellow, red, purple, green, orange and blue. Between every flower a white plastic tube. Flowers and tubes beaded on white string. Attached to the lei, a purple paper label with text “FLOWER LEI / Not recommended flr children under 3 years of age / Distributed by Oriental Trading Co. Omaha, NE 68127. / Made in China.” and an ean-code.
I love it how this museum does not isolate itself from everyday life, but keeps telling the stories of today.
Other objects that the museum collected from Europride 2008 (not part of the jewellery collection though) are a rainbow umbrella, and look, this button from the Swedish government: Homo, bi, trans? We work for your rights! government.se. (Buttons coming from above make me slightly sceptical, I take them more as a sign of a well functioning PR department.)
Hopefully, one day museums will have to make exhibitions to explain why pride festivals and rainbow colours were at all popular in the early 21st century.