Dog Jewelry: A Celebration of Man's Best Friend
By Sam Serio
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil
or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to
be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera
The idea of wearing jewelry with dog motifs may seem
strange to most people. The dog is normally not anywhere near as graceful as the cat or
the dolphin, which both make for wonderful jewelry patterns, indeed. But the appeal of dog
jewelry may surprise some, and the beauty that comes with the designs in dog jewelry would
catch even gem-lovers off-guard.
Why wear dog jewelry? Well, it could be for a variety of
reasons. Dogs have become the universal symbol of loyalty and unconditional affection. If
you ever met a person who was so dedicated to anything -- in love or at work -- chances
are that person is also a dog-lover. There are lessons you learn from keeping dogs, and
among them are kindness and patience, fierce protectiveness, as well as strength in the
face of adversity.
In ancient Egypt, Anubis, the dog-headed god of embalming,
was held in high regard as the conductor of the underworld -- the one who saw the dead off
to their final resting places. Anubis comes associated with death, and the sight of a dog,
jackal or wolf head have come to be associated with death as well. Men have in fact opted
for dogs as masculine symbols, denoting territorialism and acute survival instinct. After
all, dogs have been known to survive through the toughest circumstances, and this in
itself cancels out the idea of dogs as "death-bringers."
Toughness and loyalty are the main virtues associated with
dogs. On the modern media front, Lassie has perpetuated the image of the companion that's
smarter than your everyday human, and is therefore loads more useful, if not also loads
more affectionate. Old Yeller has also taught us about how sheer faithfulness is sometimes
enough to get you through the most trying situations.
Dog jewelry is not exclusively for humans to wear -- there
are dog collar charms, too! In fact, pet and owner can have matching charms: one charm in
the master/mistress' bracelet, and a similar one on the pet's collar.
If you are a dog lover, try out dog jewelry! Show the
world your appreciation of the noble heritage of man's best friend!