Known for her critically acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee secured her place among literature’s greatest contributors at a relatively young age. Lee, whose full name is Nelle Harper Lee, published only a single book in her lifetime. Although she refuses most opportunities to interview or publicly speak, Lee has shared why she published only one book: “Two reasons: one, I wouldn't go through the pressure and publicity I went through with To Kill a Mockingbird for any amount of money. Second, I have said what I wanted to say and I will not say it again.” Much like her characters in the novel, Lee is a strong yet quiet advocate for justice and equality. Based on her personal experiences growing up in a small town in Montgomery, Lee crafted a novel that was true to life. She recreated an era of American history in which romantic notions of the old American South still existed. However, instead of opting for an idealized Southern union, Lee created a world in which hometown nostalgia and failed justice systems were mercilessly contrasted and examined side by side. Ultimately, Lee created a literary masterpiece. In order to honor the works of Ms. Nelle Lee Harper and the beautiful yet corrupt Southern world she created, try the following jewelry trends inspired by the novel that helped change the world for the better: To Kill a Mockingbird.

1) Romance

Lee creates a world in which romance is paramount. However, the romance that Lee creates is not found in relationships. Instead, it is a part of the setting. From whimsical descriptions of trees to picturesque days spent under the sun in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama, Lee creates a fictional world in which emotions reign supreme. Embrace the notion of a romantic setting and opt for jewelry pieces that create the perfect mood. From elaborately cut gemstones to flowing accessories, choose pieces that add an air of old school glamour.

2) Mystery

Lee has remained a mystery throughout her entire career. Although she has received countless awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Lee has refused almost all public interviews and speeches. By maintaining an air of mystery, Lee’s novel is able to speak for itself. Follow in Lee’s footsteps and allow your jewelry to do the same. Instead of always choosing flashy pieces, it’s wise to occasionally choose pieces that are more simplistic and are not immediately noticeable. By choosing pieces that are beautifully understated, your outfit maintains an elusive element of mystery and suspense.

3) Justice

The concept of justice is a major theme throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. The focus of the novel is an unjust court trial that is solely based on race. However, the main characters fight against injustice and Atticus Finch, the main character, even acts as a lawyer for the man who is wrongly accused. Incorporate justice into jewelry by choosing pieces with stark contrasts. Platinum silver bands with dark gemstones are the perfect place to start. Pieces that are opposites are guaranteed to pop and add dramatic flair.