We know of no one who has worn Jewellery longer than there have been humans! Why is that? There are many reasons. This is why it is so common.
Jewellery – The American (Jewelry), British English and British English spellings are different. It is an item that is used as personal adornment by an individual, such a necklace, ring or brooch. It is made mostly from precious metals, but it could also be made out of other materials. The jewellery may be appreciated due to artistic, symbolic or other patterns.
People who wear Jewelleryoften associate wealth with it. Jewellery is a major means of financial wealth display in many cultures. A majority of these cultures, in fact, have had the practice of keeping large amounts money in the form jewellery. Thus, Jewellery has become a tool for wealth storage and a form to exchange currency. Many cultures still make use of Jewellery in their wedding ceremonies and rituals. It is used symbolically as well as to transfer wealth. Also, jewellery was used as currency to trade goods.
But it’s more than money. Many jewellery pieces, including brooches, pins, buckles, and clasps, started as functional items. As clothing evolved, so did the functionality of jewellery.
The principal purpose of jewellery is also symbolic. It is used to represent membership of a certain group, such as in the wear of the Christian Star of David or the Christian Crucifix. Many components and forms have different meanings. This has happened in different periods and different parts of history. In Victorian times, Snakes were used to refer to “Eternity”, as Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria an enticing engagement ring with a snake design. While we now see pretty little pieces of Jewellery as useful, beautiful, decorative, attractive, or valuable, a hundred and fifty year ago the original owner may have thought the piece had a different and deeper meaning.
In some cases, in the future, but to a lesser extent, jewellery could offer protection. This includes amulets, magical wards, and other forms of protection. The wearing of devotional medals and amulets to protect oneself or ward off evil is a common practice in many cultures. They may include symbols (such like the ankh), gemstones, animals, plants, or glyphs such a stylized version the Throne Vere in Islamic art.
Although the function of jewellery has been used for artistic display since its inception, the other roles listed above tend to have priority. Recent trends have seen Jewellery becoming more about the display of taste, style, fashion awareness, and style. This trend began with Rene Lalique’s work in the late nineteenth century. It was a result of art taking precedence over wealth and function. This trend is still being observed today, thanks to artists Robert Lee Morris and Ed Levin.
The first pieces of jewelry were made from bone, animal teeth, shell, wood, and carved stones. As wealth increased, jewellery made from exotic and rare materials became more common as a way to show one’s social status. Metals and gems were preferred in these cases. Modern times saw the introduction of diamond, a durable and strong natural material.
Jewellery has been used to adorn almost every body part. There is an increasing demand for art jewellery. This is jewellery that places creativity and design above the material value. It is also becoming increasingly common to find less expensive costume jewellery, which is mass-produced and made of lower-value materials. This allows the wearing of Jewellery as a match for certain clothing items or to use disposable pieces on special occasions.
Since the 1700s costume jewellery has been a part culture for more than 300 years. The first time that cheap jewellery was made with glass became available to the public made it possible to make Jewellery. With the introduction of machinery and modern manufacturing methods, the cost of costume Jewellery has declined significantly. The 20th century saw the average woman be able to afford considerable amounts of mass-produced Jewellery. It was both affordable, stylish, and easily accessible.
Costume jewellery was affordable and became popular. While costume jewellery was popularized in the late twentieth century by several designers, the Hollywood movie that was able reach nearly the entire population of the globe was the major factor in its popularization. Many of the most prominent female stars of the 40s and 50s endorsed pieces by a variety designers. Besides Jane Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien and Elizabeth Leigh appearing in ads for the pieces, it was also possible for women to buy and wear the collections in high-street shops.
Many women bought Jewellery because it was affordable. Today it is very rare to see a woman in a dress without some form of Jewellery. With a return to Jewellery made from genuine valuable materials and less ‘bling,’ the pendulum has begun to swing back. A unique artisan can only enhance the value of your jewel.
Nowadays it is easy to find authentic, high-quality Jewellery at affordable rates. Thanks to the Internet, anyone can access it.