Very Interesting

 Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, was interviewed by Megan Gambino in the June issue of Smithsonian magazine.  I found the article very interesting and wanted to share part of it with you.  It’s all about jewelry, pins in particular, being able to convey feelings and messages.  The following is an excerpt from the article:

Gambino:  “When did you first use jewelry as a diplomatic accessory?”  Albright:  “It all began when I was at the United Nations.  It was right after the Gulf War and the United States was pressing for resolutions sanctioning Iraq.  During that time, I had something dreadful to say about Saddam Hussein on a daily basis, which he deserved because he had invaded Kuwait.  The government-controlled Iraqi media then compared me to an unparalleded serpent.”  I happened to have a snake pin and wore it to my next meeting on Iraq.  When the press asked me about it, I thought< “Well, this is fun.”  I was the only woman on the Security Council, and I decided to get some more costume jewelry.  On good day, I wore flowers and butterflies and balloons, and on bad days, all kinds of bugs and carnivorous animals.  I saw it as an additional way of expressing what I was saying, a visual way to deliver a message.” 

 “Read My Pins:  The Madeleine Albright Collection” is an exhibition featuring over 200 items of jewelry being shown in June at the Smithsonian Castle. 

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on May 27, 2010.

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