Wednesday, 3 February 2016
HISTORY OF JEWELLERY
“Jewellery is a universal form of Adornment”. Jewellery made from shells, stone and bones survives from prehistoric times. It is likely that from an early date it was worn as a protection from the dangers of life or as a mark of “status or rank”. Later the enormous importance of religion in everyday life could be seen in jewellery. The designs reflect the new-found interest in the classical world, with mythological figures and scenes becoming popular. The ancient art of gem engraving was revived. The inclusion of portraits reflected another cultural trend.
The 19th century was a period of huge industrial and social change. In the first decade classical styles were popular, evoking the glories of ancient Greece and Rome. Naturalistic jewellery, decorated with clearly recognizable flowers and fruit, was also popular for much of this period. These motifs became fashionable. At the same time, flowers were used to express love and friendship. The colours in nature were matched by colored gemstones.
By the modern era, changes in fashion had introduced new styles in jewellery. Expanding global trade made gemstones ever more available. Advances in cutting techniques increased the sparkle of gemstones in light.
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