A Few Facts About Jewellery

by Adriana J Noton - Date: 2010-10-12 - Word Count: 554 Share This!

Brilliant, romantic, absolutely priceless in terms of sentimental and historical value, jewellery has been popular in many countries for many generations. The different stones and different settings all have become popular status symbols as well as symbols of love and devotion.

Ranging from rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, wedding rings, engagement rings, bracelets, diamonds and precious stones, ornamentation has evolved into many different forms. The uses of jewellery can be either to commemorate a special event or relationship, or for simple ornamentation especially for women.

Diamonds, first discovered and mined in India, are a popular choice for engagement rings, and this dates back to the time of Maximillian's engagement and eventual marriage to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. Diamonds have been regarded as the most coveted natural gemstones in the world throughout the centuries since their discovery, due to their brilliant characteristics and pure, untouched quality. These gems have been regarded as a status symbol for many women and have been marketed over and over again as items of sentimental value.

Rings, usually worn around the fingers of the hands or toes of the feet, are ornamental decorations that have been accepted in both men and women. Wedding rings attest to love and devotion to marriage, but rings in general can be used for symbolizing a very special relationship or bond between two people.

Rings are also worn by single men and women as a stylish accessory to add to their wardrobe, and some young people try to make their own styles by wearing these on every finger to display individuality. Popular in many forms, rings are effectively manufactured with jewelled settings as well as plain, flat bands made of precious metals.

Bracelets and necklaces are usually worn for adornment by many women, and some men even like to wear these to emphasize a unique identity. These pieces are very popular during celebrations, special occasions, and other social events.

These pieces of accessory are usually worn to intentionally catch attention to the beauty of the wearer. Mainly popular in high society circles, large necklaces with expensive precious stones and diamonds are always given great emphasis and praise during gatherings.

Earrings, nose rings, and other types of pierced rings are not only in this category, but are also considered body modification since techniques of piercing are required for such pieces to be worn. The concept of beauty in this case, is in the eyes of the beholder or the culture from which it came.

Foot accessories such as anklets (ankle bracelets) and toe rings are also a popular choice by young people in this generation. Anklets and toe rings are given a more sexual connotation due to their unique placement on the foot that catches attention to the wearer's legs and feet.

Whether traditional or modern, jewellery has seen an evolution all on its own through the generations. From the time of ancient dwellers in Africa to the time of Kings and Queens in the European Renaissance Era, to today's modern, upscale young professionals in the business districts of many cities worldwide.

Jewellery has found its niche in history and will continue being popular and well worn all the way into the future. Regardless whether made of precious metal, jewels, rocks, wooden or plastic beads, they will always be a part of society's way of trying to stay beautiful and stylish for many generations to come.

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