Jewellery in all its myriad forms has existed since humans started wearing clothes. Pieces of bone and stones have been found as worn accessories that are over 20000 years old. The art of decorating oneself in original pieces of jewellery helped to show the standing of a person in each tribe. The original materials of jewellery were usually just objects that were found lying around that could be attached to clothing rather than being seperate as it is common today. Small engraved stones and pieces of wood made for decorative pieces. The real golden age of jewellery was during 1000 and 2000 years ago. Amazing solid gold torques and bracelets have been excavated from Roman settlements and anglo saxon burial sites.
As metals like gold and silver were discovered more and more intricate designs were possible. Techniques such as engraving became highly sought skills and the ability to add precious gemstones has made jewellery a very profitable business to be in. In very recent times due to the value of precious metals increasing in price at alarming rates, jewellery has also become a type of investment for some people. They are hoping that as gold and silver keep increasing in value, the pieces of jewellery they bought will also increase in value.
|Jewellery in other languages:-|
|French:||m bijou, mpl bijoux|
|Spanish:||fpl joyas, fpl alhajas|
Author: Jonathan Sayles, my google+ page