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Does Justice Ginsburg's new jagged-edge necklace carry meaning?

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared in the most recent U.S. Supreme Court portrait, her sharp-edged necklace spurred some to suggest the jewelry resembling her dissent jabot was intended as commentary.

Some speculated Ginsburg was making a statement about Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who joined the court after denying an accusation of a sexual assault in high school. Some thought the necklace looked like the lace collar Ginsburg wears when reading a dissenting opinion.

But there is a different explanation for Ginsburg’s choice in jewelry, according to Town & Country magazine. The necklace was a gift from lawyer Susan Hyman, who was inspired to send the necklace after seeing the Ginsburg documentary, RBG. The necklace is made by Stella and Dot, for which Hyman works part time.

Hyman tells Town & Country she sent the necklace in appreciation for Ginsburg’s life work of advancing equality for women. The jewelry piece “reminds me of something a warrior princess like Wonder Woman would wear as armor into battle,” Hyman said. “It projects strength, confidence and fearlessness.”

Ginsburg sent a handwritten thank-you telling Hyman she would enjoy wearing the necklace both on and off the bench.

The justices posed for their group photo last month, the New York Times reported on Dec. 10. The Supreme Court photographer takes photos, and about a dozen news photographers are also allowed to take pictures.

The procedure for the official photograph changed in 2017, however. Before that, the justices voted on the official photograph. But last year’s photo was a digital composite that combined the justices’ own choices from individual photos into a single image.

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