J FOR JEWELRY
For letter J of the photo theme challenge, I chose jewels for obvious reasons – I love jewelry.
Adorning ourselves with jewelry and gemstones have been a part of humanity since before history was written.
The ancient people wore jewelry made of feathers, bones, shells, clay, stones, plants and other materials available to them, unlike what we have in stores today.
We wear them as objects of fashion statement, identity, functionality, caring for our bodies, religious reasons, status symbol, showing commitment etc.
In some places such as India, they’ve managed to develop such a connection to jewelry that it is a part of their daily life and religion.
We all love the Bling and I believe the beauty in wearing jewelry is in the simplicity of its usage. Maintaining that balance of wearing just enough and not so much at the same time.
Jewelry needs not be expensive to catch ones’ eye. They could be cheap and cheerful and pleasing all the same.
After over a hundred thousand years of using jewels and decorative items and more than six thousand years of metallurgy and gem processing, we can say with certainty that jewels – in whatever form they come in – will always be a part of people and civilization.