FASHION,  Jewelry

A Brief History of Jewelry

Ring_Box_ImageThe desire as well as the  need of man for ornamentation provides a close relation with the use of jewelries as amulets containing magical powers. A true understanding of the growth and origin of jewelries and precious stones and their importance requires an awareness of the indelible belief that precious stones affect the fortunes of the bearer.  With certain convictions in mind, jewelries were made to mold, agree and consolidate beliefs.  It was true when religious beliefs started to have an important bond with society.

Religious rites were associated with jewelries during its early days. To maintain their worship, gold and jewels were used as gifts.  This started the presumption that wearing them provides benefits and a complex network of fictitious powers developed and was later attributed to them.  In general, benefits of certain stones became legends which spread worldwide.  Gold and certain gems yielded similar virtues common to many parts of the world.

The evidence of jewellers as artists can be seen throughout history.  In civilizations that have existed, this was a common practice in almost every condition.  It is most conceivable that metal workers with advanced knowledge became the jeweller.

Precious stones considered as such during the ancient times are no longer falling in that category in the modern times. Today, diamond, ruby, emerald and blue sapphire are considered as the truly precious stones.  During the time of the pharaohs, seldom used were emerald, ruby and sapphire while turquoise, jasper, lapis lazuli, carnelian and rock crystal played a significant role. The importance of colors made diamonds virtually unknown. During this time, using gemstones and precious metals were not limited but increased lavishly wherever there is a need for ornaments.

From being a simple ornament or amulet, the use of jewelry advanced to a more practical one. Jewels evolved into being symbols of rank, wealth and social standing. They became an asset with a profitable price. Liquidating these possessions easily contributed to the economic aspect and played an important role in the politics of Europe when crown jewels were instituted by Francis I as a legal entity.  After his reign, jewels were used as a guarantee for foreign loans during the religious wars.

During the modern times, jewels constantly remained as an ornament, an amulet and a status symbol of wealth. For example, people are selling their jewelry through Windsor Jewelers and the likes. Since then, it has developed, spread and affected the Western world. Different methods and styles have been developed.

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