As you probably know, jewellery has been around much longer before we came to this Earth.
So, we will honour accordingly this long strand of centuries and decades of people placing beautiful garments on themselves.
Don’t be shy and tell us what your favourite jewellery is and if you know any interesting facts about it, do share.
People say that the first jewellery ever found was in a cave in Monaco, approximately 25,000 years ago. It was none other than a fish bone necklace. Furthermore, it seems that people used whatever the earth provided them: leaves, bones, feathers, teeth, claws, horns, etc. For example, hunters used to show off their skills by crafting jewellery from the animals’ remains.
Later on, jewellery became well-known for taking in bad energy and transforming it into good. Many women wore it to invoke love, fertility, good health, money, etc. Even to this day, people often wear crystals for these reasons.
Also, jewellery symbolized the status of the wearer.
Fast forward in time, people started wearing garments for showing devotion to someone. In a similar context, slaves wore bracelets to show who their owner is and to this day people wear wedding rings to show their commitment.
In short, jewellery has served so many purposes in its days that one cannot count on their fingers.
If you wonder, jewels first appeared within India, China, and Egypt. The last one actually brought metallurgy and stone manufacturing. These techniques expanded in later decades.
India became a premium location for trading and China actually brought their art onto jewellery.
First big jewellery trading
Do you know when the first jewellery trades? The Crusades!
They expanded from twelfth to the fifteenth centuries and brought to Europe an enormous amount of goods and jewellery.
Somewhere around the Middle Ages, a law regulated who was allowed to wear it: Sumptuary Laws.
Back then society needed such laws, since every accessory that people wore meant something. Especially rings.
When it came to them, there were some categories that carried deep meaning within them.
- Romantic rings for marriage and commitment
- Tool rings like compasses
- Curing rings for healing and curing illnesses
- Sacred rings that are worn by clergymen
Jewellery in Fashion
Fashion trends started to emerge in France since Henry VII loved jewellery so much that he wore the most extravagant of clothing.heavy with jewellery.
Afterwards King Louis XIV started importing the most brilliant diamonds from India.
This baroque era was already in peak, so people threw away their colored jewellery, and started wearing diamonds.
Much later on ,during the Victorian era, there were astonishing pieces of jewellery such as mourning ones.
They were tailored for the period of mourning after someone’s death. Often, ladies had to wear black jewellery. Usually this jewellery had locks of the dead one’s hair and some of those locks became very firm.
Disgusting but apparently…trendy?
Jewellery in Modern Times
And as we leave the posh Victorian times, we head to the glam and glow of Hollywood from the 1920s to the 1950s. The influences of legends like Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel inspired starlets to wear glistening outfits.
Moreover, the 1980s started showcasing jewellery trends on TV soap operas and to this day, such glamorous pieces are still on the screen. More or less.
So, going briefly through history is not that hard and prolonging. Of course, a lot of details are missing, but we decided not to turn this article into a history lesson.
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