Jewellery

The Gehennese are very fond of personal adornment, which indeed is the chief purpose of their clothes. They are keen on rings, bracelets, arm-bands, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and hair ornaments, and also wear jewels in their clothes. Because precious metals are expensive, a lot of relatively cheap bronze ornaments are worn, often decorated with gilt and (especially in the classical and Decadent Periods) coloured enamel. Bracelets, necklaces, and pendants made of shells, pearls, ivory, jade, semi-precious stones, or beads of glass or lacquer are common, as are boar’s tusks worn as bracelets.

The pins which secure a peplos and the fibula which fastens a khlamys are often elaborately, even extravagantly worked, and set with precious and semi-precious stones. Dress-pins and fibulai of gold and silver are not unknown.

Rings are often used as insignia of rank, position, or group membership. For example, signet rings with engraved stones are the badges of office of monarchs, nobles, the members of the [[[Boulē]], chief priests, and so forth. A retiring officer passes on his ring to his successor. The imperial signet is a gold ring set with a large topaz, in which is carved a tiger’s face. “Wearing the signet” is the Gehennese equivalent of “wearing the crown”, or “wielding the sceptre”.


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