Tutti Frutti (source: Town & Country)

Last month, I published a post about an iconic necklace that I associate with Scorpio. With the sun on the cusp of Sagittarius, I’d like to discuss the iconic pieces of jewelry that I associate with Sagittarius.

Cartier has been producing its Tutti Frutti line since 1901 (I learned that by clicking on the link above). The reason I make a connection between the collection and the sign is because Sagittarius is the sign of cultural appropriation.

Now that can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. Sagittarius natives are likely to suffer from wanderlust. In their travels, they often pick up things that they like and they make them their own. There’s no malice in the way that they appropriate objects; they just see beauty and style in things that seem foreign to them.

The Tutti Frutti line uses gemstones carved in a tradition that is centuries old. These emeralds, rubies and sapphires were originally brought back to Europe from India where the gemstones were mined, polished and carved. Cartier simply mounted the colorful stones in platinum using traditional French techniques, combining the gems with diamonds.

I suppose it can be considered to be cultural appropriation, but you don’t hear the people who sell the stones complaining; the gemstone business still thrives today throughout India and the surrounding region. As the saying goes, “You can’t have it both ways.” If you’re willing to sell the fashion of your culture, you can’t be surprised when the people who buy it want to wear it.

Of course, the arguments for or against cultural appropriation are far more complex than that, but they’re also arguments for people like Sagittarius natives who like to get decked out in things that make them feel worldly. I’m not a Sagittarius, so I try to extricate myself from the discussion as much as possible. I’m also not American, so I’m not as hung up on identity politics as most of my neighbors to the south. In my Capricorn (and Canadian) world, no one owns culture. If you didn’t make it yourself, then don’t claim it as your own.

I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there who would dispute that opinion, but I typically don’t get into those disputes because I avoid wearing anything that would cause anyone to take issue with my wardrobe. In my book, I advise people to take the high road in situations where they may offend others. Still, the members of a few other signs make a compelling argument about why we should celebrate each other’s cultures rather than drawing imaginary lines between ourselves. Sagittarius natives do that better than anyone else, and if they can get away with it, then more power to them.

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