Cat Jewelry: Freeing the Inner Feline
By Sam Serio
"Cats are possessed of a shy, retiring nature,
cajoling, haughty, and capricious, difficult to fathom. They reveal themselves only to
certain favored individuals, and are repelled by the faintest suggestion of insult or even
by the most trifling deception." - Pierre Loti
Ah, where to start? Cats are among the most celebrated
creatures of literature. They're domesticated and at the same time wild, loved and at the
same time hated. They stand for stealth and mystery, the power of silence and secrets. And
cat jewelry is a testament to that power.
Even before Halle Berry popularized the Catwoman, and
before the sleek, sassy villainess ever graced the pages of DC comics, cats were being
worshipped all over the world. The way the cat moves, the easy grace and mysterious
stillness fuels the imagination and fires up the senses. Bast, the ancient Egyptian
cat-goddess, was a wild goddess who was generous in good humor, and ferocious in ill. To
kill a cat in ancient Egypt was to call down the wrath of Bast, and was not only
considered an act of evil, but a crime against the gods.
To compare a person to a cat is to give credit to his/her
capricious, languid, underhanded nature. Cats will only do as they desire, not as they are
told. Loyalty is something they only bestow, not give out of a sense of obligation. At the
same time they are affectionate to those whom they have chosen, work with reasons they may
not disclose to anyone, and perform incredible tasks with absolute secrecy. Sending a
person -- especially a woman -- cat jewelry as a gift would serve as a tribute to these
special traits. Wearing cat jewelry would aid in fostering an image of mystery and an
instinct for the refined.
The endearing nature of cats has been immortalized not
only in classical literature ("The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof" by Tennessee Williams, to name two of many) but also in modern
literature, like TV shows and comic strips. We have Garfield and Heathcliff on our Sunday
papers, and Top Cat and the Thundercats in our (all right, kind of outdated) Saturday
morning cartoon lineups. Cats have been preserved in so many artistic forms -- why can't
jewelry be among them?
Cat jewelry might be popular among children, especially
little girls who love kittens and probably raise cats of their own. Young women may also
appreciate the extraordinary sleekness of the feline motif, and feel especially sexy
wearing something so in tune with their sensual nature.