As with all other practices in our culture, jewelry has its roots and just like any other aspect, it has transformed as it made its way to the present day.
Earrings and other body rings are also considered as such but, there is a difference between these body accessories to body art. Items that are attached to a garment of your clothing, like buttons, are not considered jewelry. Belts and handbags, and items of similar nature are considered accessories, and not jewelry, even if these items are made of gems or precious stones.
Before, jewelry was used to depict influence and authority especially in tribes. Chieftains wore them. This perception has been consistent throughout the history of man and the distinguishing attributes of these fascinating things.
It is thought that jewelry is actually one of the oldest forms of body adornment. This was proven from a recent find of beads made of Nassarius shell that is a hundred thousand year old and thought to be the oldest known jewelry.
Some people think that jewelry is an indication of ones wealth storage, and some consider jewelry to be useful or would have a purpose, like a hair adornment to keep the hair together. As in the past, jewelry is viewed as a form of personal ornamentation.
Around 4 centuries ago, Assyrians sported huge quantities of jewelry, like necklaces, amulets, bracelets and various seals. Contrary to their forefathers, the Greeks opt only to put on jewelry during special events and almost never on regular days.
Romans, like Greeks, preferred to wear jewelry only on special occasions. And if they do wear it aside from these events, their purpose is to fend off evil curses. In Britain, which is governed by Romans, fossilized wood are sculpted into jewelry for prominent people.
Following the Roman Empire’s downfall, jewelry designs became more intricate. The Celts took pleasure in crafting quaint jewelry that highlights religious images. The practice continued throughout the Middle Ages especially among eminent soldiers. These were used to depict esteem and discrepancy among all others.
Seeing this history of what we currently use on ourselves, we just cant seem to think of how we are so much like our ancestors, yet quite different, dont you agree?