Jewelry and geekdom; you might not think the two go together. But, in fact, they do.
Of course, in most geeky stories, the jewelry isn’t worn as a fashion statement as much as it is a statement of power. To show just how important jewelry is in the geek world, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most powerful pieces of jewelry in anime, comics, and books.
The Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw– Harry Potter book series
Of course, with the piece belonging to the house of Raveclaw, it must have something to do with smarts. With the quote, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure” etched into it, the diadem was said to give its wearer increased wisdom.
Despite its noble and intelligent beginnings as a beautiful, enchanted accessory worn by the founder of Ravenclaw, the diadem has had a tragic and bloody life. The diadem was stolen from Rowena by her daughter, Helena, jealous of the attention that rained down on her mother. Hoping to become wiser through the diadem, she ran away from Hogwarts. The Bloody Baron, who was still in love with Helena, went after her to retrieve her. Meanwhile, Rowena had become deathly ill and wanted to see her daughter one last time. However, after Helena wouldn’t reveal to the Baron that she’d hidden the diadem in a hollow tree, he stabbed her. After realizing what he’d done, he stabbed himself. After that, the diadem was known as “the lost diadem.”
It was only when Voldemort, then known by his real name, Tom Riddle, charmed the tale out of Helena’s spirit (aka The Grey Lady) and learned where the diadem was hidden. Then, through more killing, Voldemort turned it into his Horcrux, containing a piece of his evil soul.
Green Lantern Corp. power rings — DC Comics’ Green Lantern comic book series
Comic book superheroes are known for having tons of items to help them in their crime-fighting; Wonder Woman has her Lasso of Truth, Batman has his utility belt and even Superman wouldn’t be the same without his flashy cape to help herald his arrival. The same goes for the military-esque organization, The Green Lantern Corp. The item these elite protectors use isn’t a rope or a belt; it’s a ring.
Whether powered by the Green Flame or Starheat, the power rings used by the Green Lantern Corp. are known as “the most powerful weapon in the universe.”
The ring is to a Green Lantern as a gun and bulletproof vest are to a cop. The ring not only creates the Green Lantern uniform, but it can protect its wearer in a force field, be used as a mini-computer, translate different tongues and, of course, project various objects from the ring’s beam of light.
The catch with the power ring, however, is that the ring’s power depends entirely upon the wearer. Basically, you must be someone who is intent on using the power of the ring for good. If the ring ever fell into the clutches of evil, watch out.
Transformation brooches– Sailor Moon manga and anime
There are tons of items the Sailor Scouts use as they get deeper and deeper into their roles as saviors of the universe, but the accessory that started it all is the classic Transformation Brooch. The brooches, of course, look like glitzy pieces of jewelry (this is a shoujo anime, after all, so it’s got to appeal to girls). But, the brooches had the power to change Usagi and her friends from regular schoolgirls to the teenage superheroines that fought Queen Beryl and her legion of subordinates.
Later on in the series, there are tons of other brooches, pens, compacts and other items the Sailor Scouts use to transform and power up. But even though the other items are bathed in glitter, glamor, jewels and wings, my favorites are the originals. They were glittery enough to be girly, low-key enough for Usagi to wear on her civilian uniform, and substantial enough to give a hint of its power.
Potara – Dragon ball Z anime
You know, there are quite a few magical objects and places in the world of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z–senzu beans, the weird rooms in Kami’s Lookout and plenty of other interstellar and supernatural realms. But while most of the items listed have their strangeness explained upfront, the decorative earrings of the Kais, the Potara, are some powerful objects that can go under the radar if you were unaware of their ability.
It wasn’t revealed until late in Dragonball Z that the earrings the Kais wear, called Potara, had any special properties. Indeed, when one person wears them, their true powers aren’t revealed. However, when two people are sharing the same pair of earrings, the Potara’s power comes to fruition. The earrings can permanently fuse two people together. While it does make for a quick boost in a fighter’s power, the resulting fusion is permanent, as poor Eastern Supreme Kai and his assistant Kibito found out the hard way. It’s much easier to do the Fusion Dance to get the same results, but without the permanence.
The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings trilogy
As a powerful ring made by a dark god-like lord with immeasurable power, the One Ring is one piece of jewelry that you wouldn’t be able to accidentally lose down the drain. If this ring fell into the wrong hands, it’d be time to start making out your wills.
The One Ring is, of course, the ring “to rule them all,” a ring made by the dark lord Sauron. There’s a lot of technical stuff that Tolkien fans already know, but to save time, the Elves, through the help of Sauron, made 16 rings, while the Elf prince Celebrimbor created an additional three rings apart from the original 16. Sauron made the most powerful ring, the ring “to rule them all,” for himself. This ring would be able to find the others so Sauron could use them for his own dark purposes. The Three he wasn’t ever able to recover, thanks to the Elves hiding them. But Sauron found the other 16 and gave seven to the rulers of Dwarves and nine to the rulers of Men. Through the One Ring, Sauron could have control over these realms.
Apart from some of the “regular” attributes the ring shares with the other rings, such as giving the wearer a much longer lifespan and making the wearer invisible (with some exceptions), the ring’s real danger comes from its own living power. One could argue that the ring is a being in itself; its connection to Sauron gives it something that’s akin to autonomous thinking. The ring can cause the wearer to covet and obsess over it until the wearers become either a shell of their former selves, like Gollum, or, if you’re like one of the rulers of Men, a wraith. If the wearer isn’t strong enough, he or she could succumb to the ring’s will and, through the wearer, the ring will exact its wrath. The ring is also adamant about getting back to its proper owner, so sometimes, the ring will hide itself in order find a new owner that will bring it closer to Sauron. If Sauron was ever able to recover the One Ring, it would basically be the end of the world.
Which one of these powerful pieces is your favorite? Give us your thoughts about these and any other powerful pieces of geeky jewelry we might have missed in the comments section.