Women and Jewelry, Femininity and Beauty, an Insight

Jewelry has a great importance in women’s life because it can make them feel special, stylish and beautiful. And that's true. It highlights the women's personality and their best features when wearing the right pieces for the right occasions. Whether it is about necklacesbracelets or earrings, jewelry is extremely popular. It makes the body a wonderland.

Look at a women the moment she discovers a wonderful and unexpected gift in the form of jewelry. Her smile will light up the room! Everyone notices her brilliant, sensual femininity, her vibrant and shining charm.

The importance of jewelry in a women’s life can be explained by the fact that they love to wear it since ages. The popularity of jewelry is increasing throughout time from the ancient history of men, more than 40,000 years ago with the Cro-Magnons, ancestors of Homo sapiens, until now, the modern humans all over the world. Jewelry is an extension of a woman's body and soul. Self-expression is a natural human craving and for a woman it is satisfying her yearning by wearing pieces of jewelry that expresses her mood.

Looking at the jewelry, gifted by someone she loves, a flood of delightful memories fills her being immediately, cherishing the moment, not because of its money value, but because the triggered memories holds a special place in her heart. One of the best feelings in the world is to love and be loved. With gifted jewelry, memories of good times are bound to happen. And there is always a story behind every piece of jewelry.

The popularity of the jewelry is increasing with the passage of time as many new designs and styles are on its way into the market. It is an important ornament for all special and auspicious occasion. All the special occasions like wedding, anniversary and birthday party look dull when women is not wearing jewelry on such occasions.

The actual word jewelry is an anglicized form of the Latin word, jocale which means plaything. The jewelry from the Cro-Magnons included crude necklaces and bracelets made of bone, teeth and stone stitched to animal sinew. Recently excavated 100,000 year-old beads, made from Nassarius shells, are considered to be the oldest known jewelry.

Jewelry, earlier, was made for practical uses such as pinning of clothes together. Nowadays it is used not only for decoration but is also considered as a status symbol. Many pieces of jewelry, such as brooches were originally made for functional purposes are also symbolic. The Christian Cross or the Jewish Star is indicative of the religious faith that one follows. Married couples sport wedding rings.

In Ancient Egypt jewelry was first made around 3,000 to 5,000 years back. The Egyptians adored the shine, rarity, and workability of gold. The Egyptians had accumulated abundant gold from the deserts of Africa and later acquired more as tributes from captured kingdoms. In Egypt, jewelry soon symbolized power.

In Mesopotamia, jewelry was manufactured from metal inlaid with bright-coloured stones like agate, lapis, carnelian, and jasper. Their favourite shapes were leaves, spirals, cones, and bunches of grapes. It was created both to adorn humans and statues.

In Greece most of the jewelry was made of gold, silver, ivory, gems, bronze and clay. Later they adopted Asian designs following Alexander's conquests. Initially influenced by European designs, the advent of the Roman rule in Greece, by 27 BC, brought significant changes.

Though influenced by Roman culture indigenous designs survived. The most common ornament of ancient Rome was the brooch, used to secure their flowing clothes together. They used gold, bronze, bone, glass beads and pearl. About 2,000 years back, they imported sapphires from Sri Lankan and diamonds from India. Emeralds and amber were used too.

The Italians earlier created clasps, necklaces, earrings and bracelets from crude gold. Even large pendants to store perfume were made. Known as the eastern successor of the Romans, the Byzantine Empire continued the Roman tradition though religious symbols became predominant. The people of Byzantine preferred light gold ornaments richly inlaid with gems. jewelry was mainly worn by wealthy ladies while men restricted themselves to a signet ring.

India has the longest continuous tradition of jewelry making. Around 1,500 BC the Indus Valley people made their earrings and necklaces of gold, beads other metals. Womenfolk wore clay and shell bracelets, usually painted black and loved tiaras, chokers, brooches and earrings. Gradually, clay was replaced by glass and metals.

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