The History of Jewellery

The History of Jewellery

Jewellery making is a very ancient tradition. It has been around for hundreds of years. The first jewellery was made in Greece, but it was heavily influenced by the Romans by the 27th century BC. For instance, 1st century Greeks made polychrome butterfly pendants on silver foxtail chains.

Today's commercial jewellery follows traditional styles and forms, but it also uses new materials. Georg Jensen widened the concept of wearable art, while Mikimoto Kokichi improved the process for harvesting pearls and other gemstones. Moissanite, a diamond simulant, is one such material.

The late 18th century saw the rise of the Romantic movement, which greatly influenced jewellery design. This era also saw the rise of the middle class and the development of cheaper alloys. This resulted in the development of more inexpensive costume jewellery. By the 20th century, more than one hundred years later, jewellery had become a symbol of wealth and culture.

Even today, jewellery is used to make you feel a different way. It is often worn as a form of talisman to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Many ancient cultures used jewellery as a symbol of virility, and ruby rings were thought to bring wealth and titles. They were also believed to protect the wearer from seduction and prevent effervescence in water.

When choosing your jewellery, it's important to choose the right metals. Precious metals like gold and silver have many different finishes. Generally, the most common finishes are high-polish and satin/matt. In order to accentuate the stones in your jewellery, you can choose between brushed and hammered finishes.