Yesterday’s post about completing the fan archive turned up really interesting comments. I am very impressed to read that so many of you have pretty comprehensive collections of Richard’s work on DVD. FantasticRCA even posted a picture of *her* DVD collection on Twitter.
Full marks for everyone! I personally do not think it is our *duty* as fans to purchase the works that our favourite man appears in, but it sure can’t be wrong to support his bankability by buying the films and series that he has appeared in on DVD. (It probably has more impact when it happens as a film/show is released, rather than me buying up second-hand copies years later, but so be it.) I have to confess that I had really been guided by practicality so far – I only bought on DVD if something wasn’t available online. But I am keen on getting a full collection now. So here’s a little update on my DVD collection – I found some more in my DVD cupboard.
Anyway, so, following on from DVD collections, I thought I’d address another area of fan collecting.
Let’s go back to last week. If you remember, I was tidying up last week, and I started with my bedroom. The dressing table needed particular attention. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, brooches, Zox straps all in a big heap, mixed in with dust mice.
Not lying. I really had dropped the ball on that one. I rehung my necklaces, found a beautiful glass jar for my bracelets, sorted my Zox straps in one of my hand-made display folders, put my rings on a little tray – and had no idea what to do with my brooches. What’s the best way of keeping them, especially when you want to be able to get an overview over the things you own? In the end, I did an impromptu DIY/hack – I had a small, simple, wooden tray, and I fitted a piece of left-over grey foam packaging into it so that I could pin the brooches onto it and display it on my shelf.
And on second glance something occurred to me: Out of 14 brooches, half are Armitage-related. 😱 There are my Hobbit pins (presents from Mimi, I think). I made the red dragon rosette myself (and wore it to RDC5), as well as the key to Erebor.
The latter was a keyring which I bought online and then stuck a pin to the back. Works a treat! A much loved brooch is the gorgeous silhouette of Mr Thornton in that ornate brooch. This beautiful thing was made by a now-inactive fandom friend called Agzy. Happy days back then! The last two items that I counted as “Armitage” – ok, the connection is tenuous: They are those two round badges, a present from Hariclea, because of the designer’s name – Armitage. Oh, stop, no, and there is a very cool other item related to Armitage – how could I forget. The latest addition, a totally unique and precious, Steampunk-inspired badge by Lady Steampunk, Rachel, herself. Porter Lives! – indeed.
Anyhow – that’s how I started thinking about the Armitage jewelry – or “jewelRA”
(the capitalisation joke is beginning to wear thin, I know, sorry) – in my possession. The badges are pretty obvious. But I have a few other items that are in my mind connected to Armitage. There is, for instance, this gorgeous necklace that I was gifted by a fan sister.
It was sent to me with the note that it reminded the generous donor of Guy of Gisborne – the non-precious metal and the blood-red stone. So for me this has always been the Gisborne necklace. I think this necklace came from Nokisuu. The necklace is a fairly discreet fan item. So I can wear it without expecting any questions. The same can not be said about the next item.
I think this is so cool – and I don’t wear it often enough, partly because I wear yellow gold so rarely, partly because a couple of the cabochons have come off before and I am afraid I might lose them. Another gift from a fellow fan, I received this from Lemonjapp way back in 2014, iirc. It’s funny and gorgeous at the same time.
Do watches count as jewelry? Well, only if they contain pretty.
This contains pretty pretty. 😄 Another fan gift, this time from a long time ago when I was still *really* active on tumblr, given to me by Sketchlavie. Not sure whether she is still around in the fandom… It has been a long time…
So, that is my collection of jewelry that is somehow RA-themed – or related to Richard. I go through phases when it comes to wearing jewelry. There are times when I put on a different set of earrings every morning, or I change my bracelet every day. And then there are times when I am lazy
and depressed? and I just wear the jewelry pieces that I *always* wear – my silver ring, my camera necklace and 5 small stud earrings. I really want to get a bit of variety going, though, and make more use of the jewelry that is on my dressing table. Good intentions.
So, what about you? Any pieces of jewelry related to RA in your possession? Where did it come from? Do you ever wear it? I would love to know.