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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Keys of Life

Did you know, that at the turn of the 20th century, it was fashionable for a woman to wear a necklace with several keys? Apparently, the more keys that a woman wore around her neck, the more rooms she had in her house. That translated into wealth, as that meant that she was married to a man with money. At that time, keys were a status symbol.

 In Greek mythology, the Goddess, Cybele, holds the key to Mother Earth, closing her up in the  winter and opening her again in springtime. Wearing three keys together is said to unlock the doors of  love (holding the key to ones heart), health and wealth. Keys represent the forces that open and close, and can lock away our treasures as well as our secrets. Keys also represent power, or the arrival of a certain time in our life, such as getting the keys to a new home, or the keys to a new car!


 But perhaps the most important key could be the one held by St. Peter!




 



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4 comments:

Duni said...

Interesting facts! I do love old style keys. I've just sourced a fabric with an "old-key" print on it! Got to have it :)

BeadedTail said...

Very interesting! I was thinking a whole different thing when you said a woman had many keys around her neck. :)

Nancy said...

Haha...cute! Love the new pieces:)

Catherine said...

Gosh you have so many beautiful keys. I love the one in the first photo. Very unique!
xo Catherine

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