Jewelry is more than just a decorative fashion item; it has held a distinctive and valuable place in the evolution of cultures and societies throughout human history, providing insight into the political, sociological and psychological elements of the times.
Throughout the years we have used jewelry for a number of reasons:
- As a functional accessory such as pin
- A marker of social status
- To provide talismanic protection- such as an amulet
- As a symbol of personal meaning, such as love, marriage
Even today, jewelry is still used to symbolize major milestones in ones lives, an engagement, wedding, birth of a child etc. In many cultures jewelry is also gifted to close friends and family to celebrate joyous occasions. In places such as India, large amounts of wealth are stores in the form of jewelry. In fact, jewelry is considered as a security and prestige of women in the country. You will rarely find a woman in India no matter how rich or poor, who does not have some kind of jewelry on.
After all what better way to say, “I love you” or “Thank you” than with something so eternal, something so timeless, something that has been in existence since we have.
Jewelry is something that can be passed on from one generation to the next. Its always nice to buy a fashionable accessory, but there is nothing better than wearing a piece of jewelry that has been gifted to you by your loved one, one that has been passed down to you from your grand-mother, or something that you have bought for yourself. It always has some emotion or sentiment attached to it, a story or part of history, that comes with every piece.
That’s what jewelry is all about!