We started with Adam’s jackets, and it was suggested we also look at his jewelry (to quote Carol, “don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the pants!) I don’t think anyone who has been following Adam since his audition has failed to notice his jewelry. It’s part of his fabulous sense of style, but more than that, I think it’s very much a part of who he is. I get the impression that Adam chooses his jewelry with as much care and thought as he plans the rest of his look. Yes, he has stylists and people who help him with his wardrobe, and yes, he has fans giving him tons of gifts, but I think in the end, Adam is making his choices, and I think there are probably reasons for his choices. I get the impression that Adam is very spiritual, and I think that much of what he wears, beyond being simply ‘sick,’ has meaning for him. Just my personal opinion.
First is the Egyptian-style jewelry and the meaning of the Egyptian symbols. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Adam’s ankh ring is his signature ring. I don’t know if he wears it ALL the time, but he wears it a lot. This particular ankh ring also incorporates a scarab design into it. Now I’m not an expert on Egyptian symbolism, but from what I’ve read is that the common meaning for the ankh is eternal life and power. The loop of the Ankh is held by the Gods. It is associated with Isis and Osiris in the Early Dynastic Period. The Loop of the Ankh also represents the feminine discipline, while the elongated section represents the masculine discipline. These two units come together and form life. Another explanation for the two parts of the ankh is that the circle symbolizes eternal life and the cross below it represents the material plane.
The scarab design is also present in the pendant that Adam has frequently worn and is now wearing during his concerts. The scarab was a very important, perhaps even the most important, amulet in ancient Egypt. The scarab, like the ankh, symbolizes new life and the eternal, daily rebirth of the world. The behavior of the scarab beetle, which maintains balls of dung, was likened by the Egyptians to the forces that roll the sun across the sky. Young scarabs, emerging from the dung balls in which scarab eggs were laid, were seen as life emerging from dead matter. This association reinforced the notion that scarabs symbolize rebirth, resurrection, and renewal.
Interestingly enough, Adam’s rocker pendant with the sparkly stones surrounded by the metal spikes, worn during the Whole Lotta Love Idol performance (among others) could possibly be interpreted as the sun, adding to the “life” symbolism Adam seems to like.
And speaking of Egyptian symbolism, even though it’s not jewelry, how could I not mention the tattoo? I think most of Adam’s fans know that he got the Eye of Horus tattoo on his right wrist during the Idol season. What you may not know is that later on, Adam had the tattoo revised. In a quote from Adam in an article by Brian Mansfield for USA Today, Adam says, “Right after the New York press circuit, I went and had additions put on to it – put more color, put extra lines into it. In a way, it’s cool, because it kind of completes the experience…these are my colors. I love these colors – turquoises, blues and greens.” Adam adds that the Eye of Horus “symbolizes protection – it’s like an evil eye.” If you look at the “before” Motown week photo and the “after” photo, the extra color becomes obvious.
Many thanks to Theresa/Canada (Terry) who helped me with the idea for this article and with photos! Next up – Part 2 will look at those slithery creatures that Adam really, really loves!
By the way, I don’t want to pimp any particular retail outfit, but many of Adam’s favorite jewelry pieces are available for sale online. I know for sure that the ankh/scarab ring, the scarab pendant, and the sparkle Whole Lotta Love pendant are available. It just takes a little googling.
If you have any insight into the jewelry or the symbolism discussed in this post, please feel free to chime in. As I said, this article is just fun speculation on my part!
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5