RW: Necklaces Picture

So..I was working on a story with a friend of mine one day, and I realised that the RWs in my hand needed a unique way to carry their armor orbs. I started with Kento's, since the boy was sort of the reason for it, then did Cye's. Ryo's was the hardest for me to do because I had to do a lot of digging for something appropriate.

It was decided, in the end, that Seiji stubbornly refuses to wear necklaces now that he's a teenager, and Rowen wouldn't let -anybody- know he's got an Armor Orb in the first place.

And, like normal, nearly everything I do is symbolic, so you can but do not have to read the following to know my choices.

Kento
Well, given Kento himself is Chinese, I decided to root the design of the necklace there. A friend of mine in Canada once bought me a beautiful little charm that comes to mind every time I think 'Chinese!', and it was used as the inspiration for this. It came out looking rather well-associated.
Red String: The thing about red, regardless of what it means in any other country, in China, both ancient and modern, red is the color of good luck, good fortune and joy and is used as a holiday and wedding color. Chinese babies are given their names at a red-egg ceremony. Nowadays, red in China is also used to represent danger, blood, violence and radical actions.

The reason I picked this should be obvious.

Being as Kento is from a Chinese family, the color red would be drastically important to them. This would have been used to bring him 'good luck' in hopes he stops destroying things on accident and joy in his life. He's rich, but good fortune does not necessarily mean money. Likewise, his family also knew about Hardrock- at least his parents did- so danger, blood and violence are also represented, though they had no idea how truely.

Another interesting thing is that, in Japan, a red string is believed to tie one lover to their soul mate. It's supposed to be tied from one's pinkie to another, though I have seen depections of them being tied around the ring finger.

Orange Jade: In truth, orange is just a mixture of red and yellow. While we already know what red means, yellow symbolizes the earth. It was used to depict the five Legendary Emperors of China, signified neutrality and being free from earthly cares, and was considered the most beautiful color. It was likewise used to decorate royal palaces, temples and altars.

Jade, of course, was considered the most precious stone in all of China, so much so that they fought wars over mere slivers like Blood Diamonds in Africa. Jade comes in a rainbow of colors, so seeing orange jade would not be unheard of.

This makes it a perfect choice for Hardrock, and Kento to boot.

Cye
Though Cye is Japanese/British in origin, I wanted to try something unique for him. Cye's armor -is- Torrent, however, associated with water and fish. I thought of pearls, at least to start with, but then decided it was too girlie. Men are not supposed to wear pearls. So I Google'd Coral, and then I tried to find something to add to it. I ended up picking shark teeth, because really, they're the only thing of the oceanic wildlife that survives the decaying process.
Red and Blue Coral Beads: ....I'm not sure what good coral is. All I know is I liked it.

Why red? In Japan, it is felt that red, the color of blood and fire, represents life and vitality. Red also signifies the color of the sun: a symbol of energy, radiating its vitalizing life-force into human beings. Red is also looked upon as a sensual color, and can be associated with man's most profound urges and impulses. Ironically, red cats symbolize bad luck.

In this case, I am using the red beads to signify, not blood or fire, but certainly life, vitality, and poor Cye's impulses and wants-- as well as bad luck, even though beads really aren't cats. Although, cats -do- eat fish.... so it fits.

In other cultures, red symbolizes many things; from blood, to love, to infatuation, along with excitement, energy, speed, strength, danger, passion, and aggression.

Cye is certainly a passionate sort, with lots of energy, and he's easily the fastest thing in the water when it comes to Mystical Armors. He's easily enamored and more in love with the water then we want to fathom, no?

The blue, however... the Japanese Ai is an indigo blue, a mirror of the color of the vast ocean surrounding the Japanese islands. In Japan, the color is seen practically everywhere.

In other cultures, blue represents purity, life, peace, calm, stability, security, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, and depression. These too can be very quickly associated to Cye beyond the color of his armor.

Shark Teeth: ...well, sharks are not quite fish, but close enough for me to adore them. However, the whole fish deteriorates with time, and I wanted something that wouldn't. Furthermore, Sharks are a popular staple of the Japanese diet- shark fin soup, for example. The different teeth have their own individual meanings, with the frill shark being a little known, previously thought extinct species, the tiger shark being seriously misunderstood, and the black-tip reef shark being as dangerous as a teddybear if handled right. None of these three species are known to attack people unless provoked-- like Cye.

Silver: Silver is supposed to mean security, reliability, intelligence, staid, modesty, maturity, conservative, old age, sadness, and boring.

A thin silver wire is supposed to be used to attach the shark teeth to the string- probably fishing line- as well as create a 'hold' for the armor orb to be strung on. Of course, the meanings of silver are also very Cye esque, and I'm rather proud of them too..

Ryo
Ryo's...took a good deal more thought.
Black Hematite: This metal was believed to be created, mythologically, from the blood of dragons. Egyptian tombs were covered in the stuff to discourage tomb robbers and the metal itself ranges in colors. I picked black because, well, I like black. Furthermore, I felt it appropriate to use create the 'cage' for the armor orb. We've used thin silver wire to create things before, and they make wires out of all sorts of metals, so surely it can be made out of Hematite too!

Black, of course, has it's own color meanings: it is the color of mystery and solemnity; the color of the night. Black expresses the depths of the unknown, and encourages the imagination of a different world from that of daylight realities. Of course, on it's own, it also means bad luck.

At least it's not white. In Japan, white is the color worn to funerals: the color of mourning.

Bloodstone Coin: This is here for a totally different reason.... Bloodstone has healing properties, but you don't have to eat it. It can simply be worn. Bloodstone's energy empowers certain microorganisms in one's bloodstream that are vital to optimal immune function. This empowerment uplifts the overall quality of the body's energy, making it an incompatible environment for infections of all kinds. Bloodstone is also said to remove toxins from the immune system and enhance the cells' absorption of nutrients.

The coin, as with most coins, is a circle, the shape which is supposed to represent life. An ouroboros, a snake biting it's own tail, is depicted in a circle, to show the beginning and the end are circular. Every end is a beginning. That's..pretty much what I was going for: circle = eternity.

Now, bloodstone is a green rock with red, like droplets of blood. In Japan, the only meaning of green is eternal life. We already know what the color red means in Japan, now don't we?

This coin is, therefor, moreless, supposed to extend Ryo's lifespan.

Gold Mon: Gold strengthens the veins and bones, and can be used to treat people suffering from diseases from the veins, the heart, skin, and eating disorders. Gold is a sign of wealth, and it's supposed to attract healing, power, wisdom, and success.

The -color- gold itself is very important to the Japanese: It evokes the sensation of looking upon waving fields of ripened rice stalks. Gold is also associated with the royalty, and it represents the color of the heavens; therefor it is used to decorate statues of the Buddha and religious temples.

Unfortunately, all of those things Ryo needs. << Poor boy.
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