The Story Behind Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Necklaces

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In 2020 she passed away, leaving behind a large group of fans. I’m talking about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Until last year, she was one of the nine highest judges in the US. She devoted her career to fighting for women’s rights and changing the American legal system.

The Story Behind Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Necklaces
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In addition to her fight for equal rights, she was also known for her striking necklaces. She always wore one over her gown, because she felt that as a woman she could show her style. After all, they made the toga for men, with room for a tie and a shirt, she once stated in an interview.

Every necklace has a unique story. Time to tell these stories!


The well-known white necklace

This is the most famous and also a favorite of Ginsburg. You can see it in almost all the photos of the Chief Justice. She got it as a gift from a jewelry maker from Cape Town (South Africa) who normally sells the necklace on Etsy. Unfortunately, when she wore it to President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, things went wrong. She was wearing many layers of clothing because of the cold, and the wire snapped. The necklace lost several beads but was later repaired.


Blue with pink beads

She received this necklace in 2013 from the board of two study programs: the Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program and the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship Program. Both degree programs are part of the Georgetown University Law Center. The first is for lawyers who want to use their legal knowledge to advance women’s rights. The second course is specifically for African human rights lawyers who want to advocate for women’s rights in their native country.

Ginsburg wore this necklace during the 2012 State of Union Address, an annual speech given by the president about the current state of the nation.


White, narrow band


Occasionally, Ginsburg wore a band instead of a necklace. But not a standard model. Above you can see one of the lace bands she often wore during her work in the courtroom from 1993 to 2008. It also appears regularly in the official photos that were taken every year.


Dissent collar

Ginsburg received the above necklace at the Glamor Women of the Year Awards in 2012. She called it the “dissent collar” because she thought it looked good when she didn’t agree with something.

If you are curious about more necklaces, be sure to check out the video in which Ginsburg shows her collection. If you are curious about her work as a lawyer and later chief judge, she published the book ‘My Own Words’ in 2018. She describes how she came this far.




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