What is Jewelry or Jewellery?
Jewelry (Jewellery in
British English) is any piece of material used to decorate or
embellish one’s self. "Jouel" is the original Old French
word. Jewel is the anglicized version. The word "jocale", a
Latin word, is most likely the origins of the Old French "jouel".
"Jocale" in Latin means plaything.
Jewellery has been around
almost as long as man. Originally, jewelry would have been made from
natural materials like bone, wood, shells, stone and animal teeth.
It's use was also much more practical as opposed to decorative. It
later became popular as adornment and was often used for people with
high ranking positions in society in order to show their status.
examples of ancient jewelry found
in a cave/tomb near Jerusalem
Egyptian gold snake bracelet
Celtic belt hook
Today, jewelry is made out of a variety of materials and can be seen
on almost any part of the body, for both decoration and function (in
some cases). Jewelry is still used by some to show status...just think
about people's reaction to a large diamond engagement ring
about some music artists who sport large amounts of gold in their
videos while singing about money and power.
Although status jewelry is
still present, there are many people who appreciate the artistry of
jewelry and therefore, wear it as a decorative accessory - could be
likened to carrying around your favourite piece of art!