In today’s world, It seems that every person between the ages of 8 and 18 knows the story of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or Frodo the hobbit and his journey through the Middle Earth in the Lord of the Rings. Gemstones and jewellery have been a part of mankind since before history was written.
Since Day One:
It all began when the great Big Bang and man first walked on Earth. Since then mankind, start to wear leaves to distinguish itself from others. Of course, the jewellery they wore in the old days was not made as we make it today. People in the ancient world used to wear jewellery made of feathers, bones, shells, and coloured pebbles. These coloured pebbles were gems and gems have been admired for their beauty and durability and made into adornments. On the other hand, Diamonds were not popular until people learned how to cut them to show their brilliance, which began in Europe sometime around 1300. The earliest finding of jewellery was dated around 25,000 years ago when a simple necklace made of fish bones was found in a cave in Monaco.
But what did this necklace signify? Was it for the chief of the village or a witch doctor? Maybe a princess wore it as a trophy her husband gave for having a child.
We might never know the real reason but we can use our imagination and try to understand the way people thought in those days.
Jewellery Gave Us Identity:
In the past wearing jewellery would bring a sense of identity for a person, as they got recognised by those pieces that they wear. For example, The first adornments were derived from the hunt; teeth, claws, horns, and bones. Hunters believed that wearing trophies would bring them good luck for the next hunt. Remember that the village lived day to day by the virtue of a good hunter and this person deserved respect and privileges so that is oblivious that the best hunter wanted to show his courage and power by wearing those trophies.
In early societies, jewellery was worn as amulets to protect against bad luck and illness. Remember The silver vest of the elfin princess protected Frodo from harm in the stories of his adventure through Middle Earth. Even today, we hear the tales and adventures of people long ago who somehow found luck and fortune because of gemstones and jewellery. From these myths evolves jewellery made into symbols thought to give the wearer control over fertility, wealth and love. Jewellery was worn for its magical properties!
There are a lot of other examples that we can make throughout history, like during the times that jewellery started to mark slaves from one another or when it became symbol of commitment and love between lovers. So we can say that jewellery is not only something that will make you look good rather is something that carries the history of the world.