Years ago a very dear friend gave me an Antique Scottish kilt brooch. It had an amber stone and was shaped like the blade of a sword. There was something about the pin that instantly telegraphed strength and protection to me. So whenever I had a high-stakes meeting or presentation, I would wear that pin—for an extra dollop of courage. It seems I’m not alone. As Rachel Garrahan points out in,When Jewelry Becomes Armor, a fun read which recently ran in the New York Times, there’s a growing market for jewelry that has a tough side in that its shaped like armor or weaponry. In fact, the article validated an observation I had made a month or so ago when I noticed more swordlike shapes dangling from designer earrings as I made the rounds of the New York jewelry shows. When I asked Karen Giberson, President of the Accessories Council what’s up, she said in this political climate, such pieces can be viewed as “symbols of fighting back.” Come to think of it, I’ve been pulling my “courage” pin out of the jewelry box a little more often these days. And if you’d like to accessorize with an extra dose of edgy protection, I have some ideas for you.—Sue Perry


Show your tough side

Jenny Dayco’s daggar earrings make even ladylike Blake Lively, shown above, seem like a toughie. Or, a show of strength can be just as edgy but a lot more subtle wearing Jennifer Miller’s diamond spikes, below.


Wear some protective armor

Take a lesson from those knights of old and wear a mod version of a protective shield like this stunning “Liquid Armor” bracelet, shown below, in gold from Alexis Bittar.

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Or, then again,  maybe King Baby’s Pyramid Spike Chainmail bracelet, shown below, is how you’d like to showcase your fierceness.

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Make a personal statement

For some making a stand can mean dangling your personal beliefs from a necklace or bracelet. Shown below: Wendy Brandes Nasty necklace was a popular accessory at the Women’s March in January.

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