Bejewel the Ides of March

You’ve heard the saying “Beware the Ides of March!”, right? But do you know the story behind it? And how to incorporate that into jewelry designs?

“Beware the Ides of March” is a phrase that sounds ominous, for good reason! The words of warning come from the bard himself: William Shakespeare. In the tragic play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare recounts the historic murder of the infamous Roman ruler. During the play, the character of the soothsayer, who is an oracle of sorts, tells Caesar that he should not venture out on the Ides of March.

Both in the play and in reality, Caesar did die on that day. Sixty-some senators had retaliated against Caesar shortly after he declared himself dictator for life, and passed many controversial decrees. The Roman leader was stabbed 23 times by the mutinous mob of senators, including some trusted friends. Similar to the Shakespearian warning, friends, family, and a trusted official were said to have warned Caesar of rumors and omens. The arrogant leader did not head the warning, and walked into the gathering of rivals.

Before the assassination of Caesar in 44 BC, the Ides of March was best known as the day to settle debts. Since then, the Ides of March has become an ominous day of warning, dread, and sabotage. But what does that term “Ides” even mean? During the time of Caesar’s rule, the Romans did not number the individual days of a month. Instead, they had three fixed points: the Nones (5th or 7th day of the lunar cycle), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (first of the following month). Two dates are noted for Nomes and Ides, since the day was determined by the cycle of the moon. 

Now that we know what the saying means, we can embrace the lessons from history. In this case, we should be aware that our actions and decisions affect others, especially actions of ambition and arrogance. This is a lesson most parents hope to instill in their children, but, unfortunately, many political figures and people of power forget this moral. 

How should we denote the day? By adding Roman coin-shaped beads and buttons into our jewelry designs, of course! 

Before the murder of Caesar, the Ides of March was known as the day to settle debts. These Roman-style coin charms come from FireMountain Gems and incorporate easily into jewelry designs.
Add a Roman coin button to a bracelet for a focal point or a clasp. These buttons come in a variety of finishes from Fusion Beads.
Consider adding Roman coin themes to your next jewelry project.
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Find coin-inspired designs, such as this Captured-coin ring, here on Facet. 
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Another idea? This cool Chinese coin belt!

This year on March 15th, remember to seize the day with humility, and with your eyes wide open.

Carpe Diem!
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