For the most part, this blog will talk about jewelry that goes in one’s ears, on one’s fingers, or around one’s neck or wrists.
However, there is also some lovely and interesting jewelry that goes…elsewhere.
Body modification is one of those things that is considered perfectly acceptable in our culture…up to a point. Pierced ears? Goodness, yes. We even do that to infants! Multiple piercings in the ears? Maybe a tad rebellious, but nothing to really raise an eyebrow. Speaking of eyebrows, those can be pierced too. And of course, we have the ubiquitous navel piercing. Yes, I have one, as my sister peer-pressured me into it one bone-numbingly cold February day. And no, I no longer wear anything in it.
As Generation X gets a bit older and starts to wield some power in society, things that were once considered Career-Limiting Moves, like visible tattooing and piercings, are starting to become more and more acceptable.
However, depending on one’s industry, there ARE still limits.
A discreet nose stud may still garner frowns if you work for a bank, while a talon labret may result in no more than shrugs if you work in arts, music or entertainment.
Personally, I think that a lot of body jewelry is very attractive. It may even be something that I consider, down the road, when my career is established enough that I can officially Not Give a Damn.
As far as other people’s choices, there are definitely some body piercings that I would never get in a million years. There are some body piercings that make me think, “Ooh…he is SO gonna regret that when he’s 55.” However, I pretty firmly adhere to the philosophy of “Hey, it’s your body, so whatever makes you happy.” And if stretching your earlobes out with holes the size of nickels makes you all atwitter with delight, then who am I to rain on your parade?
What do you think of body piercings? Lovely, or loathsome?