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Peace Dove pin, designer Cecile et Jeanne, France; photographer John Bigelow Taylor.
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Necklace of Doves

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  • Title Necklace of Doves

    Date circa 1997

    Designer Cécile et Jeanne, France

    Materials Yellow Gold-Plated Base Metal, Lapis Lazuli

    Size 25.2" x "
    (64cm x 0cm)

Dove of Peace

Among Secretary Albright’s favorite pins was a gift from Leah Rabin, widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The pin is a dove, symbolizing the goal—peace in the Holy Land—for which the prime minister had given his life. During Albright’s first visit to Israel as Secretary of State, Mrs. Rabin gave her a matching necklace with an accompanying note: “There is a saying: ‘One swallow doesn’t announce the spring’—so maybe one dove needs reinforcements to create a reality of peace in the Middle East.” Albright wore the pin again when paying her respects to the victims of genocide in Rwanda, 1997.