Unusual Jewellery Gifts falls within a wide spectrum, from being either dainty and exquisite at one end of the scale to becoming outrageous and weird on the other end. Where an item falls within this spectrum purely depends on an individuals liking, and as the saying goes “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and it certainly wouldn’t do for us all to be alike.
Probably falling at the outrageous and weird end of the scale for most people, would be that of Gothic jewellery, having a somewhat outlandish look. This would certainly not be every bodies choose in jewellery, but is held in high esteem with those passionate with the Goth culture.
Original Goths – brief history
Gothic was an East Germanic Language spoken by Goths, which is now extinct, but was believed to have survived until the 18th century. Although Gothic (language) is now extinct it’s the only East Germanic Language having a sizable collection of written text.
Goths were a nomadic Germanic tribe and often referred to as “barbarians”, who fought against Roman rule and over ran the Roman Empire (Sack of Rome 24th August 410 AD). The Goths flourished in Europe under King Alaric who was their first king, and with their rivals for European dominance defeated many Goths moved to the region of Gaul (present-day France).
It is said that the emergence of the medieval period in Europe was influenced by the Goths.
The Dawn Of Current Day Goths – bring on the music
Goths as we know them today are a far cry from those of ancient times, with their culture stemming from more modern day influences.
Going back to the 60s the word “Gothic” was first used to describe music. In 1967 the critic John Stickney coined the term “Gothic Rock” when describing the music of “The Doors”. Other music artists falling within the category of “Gothic Rock” include the likes of:
- Joy Division
- The Cure
- Siouxsie & The Banshees
In the late 70s and early 80s it was fairly common for the term “Gothic” to be used in music journalism when referring to these artists, who were among some of the first post-punk groups to diversify to “Dark Music” with it’s sometimes morbid lyrics. This particular genre of music is typically emotional, creating feelings of sadness and sometimes being a little scary, some even say reflective and thought-provoking. Sad music is not always bad and it’s believed that the people who enjoy this type of “Dark Music” are those high in empathy and easily moved by emotions the music conveys.
The evolution of this “Dark Music” saw the dawn of the GOTHS as we know them today.
The Modern Day Goth
Particular types of music attract different types of followers and “Dark Music” attracts a following from the Goths, who it could be said, have a love of all things dark and see beauty in the same.
Everything Gothic seems to point to dark times and is certainly followed through with the customary wearing of black cloths. Goths are renowned for their distinctive dress attire, being mostly black, the same going for their makeup, hair and nails, this is typical for both male and female. The style of clothing emulates that of the punk era, along with a mixture of new wave and new romantic, accompanying these you can more often than not see characteristic attributes depicting that of the Edwardian and Victorian periods.
Gothic Accents – strange indeed
Besides the wearing of dark clothing, Goths also accentuate their clothing with jewellery, some being very unusual pieces which may seem strange to people in general. Gothic accents include such things as:
Roses have various representations, from the echoes of blood and passionate love in a deep red rose to tragic romance and death in a black rose. All bringing forth emotions.
Ravens are again associated with dark thoughts of loss, ill omen and sadness.
Bones are symbolic of violence and death, the skull being the most symbolic of all the human bones, due to its visual appeal and representation of natures unachievable immortality.
Hearts on the other hand symbolize love, affection and life-giving, offering physical and spiritual well-being.
Today Gothic crosses are worn by both men and women, and have become a popular piece of jewellery and are very trendy. These crosses tend to represent all that is dark and mysterious which is very appealing to the Goth culture.
All of these accents have been used in the creation of Gothic jewellery, from chokers and cuffs, to nose jewellery and bangles.
Although Gothic jewellery may take on the appearance of being sombre and represent darkness, it does offer uniqueness and individuality. Not to every bodies taste, but you may once in awhile come across a piece that is truly intriguing, and fascinating to behold.
As such, don’t rule out the possibility of you ever owning or buying a piece of Gothic jewellery.
Looking back over time the Goth culture is still around today, when all other cultures have long gone, from the flower power and hippies of the swinging sixties, the mods and rockers of the mid 60s to early 70s, and not forgetting the punks in the mid to late 70s. The Goth culture has survived and the following seems to be growing, with large annual festivals taking place such as the Wave-Gotik-Treffen which is one of the largest Gothic festivals held in Leipzig, Germany, and the M’era Luna festival held in Hildesheim, Germany. Another well-known Gothic gathering is the Whitby Gothic Weekend, held in the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby, England, which was described in Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” published in 1897.
The Goth culture has become so popular that there is now a World Goth Day (22 May) which originated in the United Kingdon in 2009.
Dark And Mysterious – but a growing culture
The Goth culture of today is growing with what seems to be an ever-increasing following, with more and more people attending their annual festivals. Dark and mysterious as it maybe, there always seems to be a fascination, and some may even go as far as saying an obsession, with all things dark. This being portrayed particularly in their distinct choice of dark clothing, black hair and markup, worn by both male and female. Their choice of dark clothing being accentuated with items of jewellery, often having the appearance of something dark and sombre, such as skulls and ravens, but this is not always the case, as you will also come across the likes of Roses and hearts which depict different emotions other than that of darkness. Whatever piece of jewellery you come across, it will always portray some kind of emotion, from the darkness of death and ill omen to that of romance and passionate love.
A person who follows the Goth culture is one who seeks, and finds beauty in things that others look on as being strange and dark.
Don’t dismiss the opportunity of purchasing or owning a piece of Gothic jewellery, solely because of the what is stands for. Gothic jewellery can be a thing of beauty, something exquisite and not merely a piece of jewellery that represents darkness.