Jewellery: A form of Expression
Do you tend to gape wide at authentic, artisanal jewelleries like we do? What is that one thing that makes you go from awwww-to-wowwww in a jiffy? For us, it’s definitely the intricacies and delicacies of the exquisite pieces.
Jewellery is as old a form of adornment as the human race itself. Wearing jewellery dates back to the prehistoric times where people wore it to exhibit their class and as status symbols. The queens and kings of the ancient times were bedecked with jewellery of different types, according to the era that was prevalent. This shows that wearing jewellery has been gender neutral since time immemorial, and it is not just restricted to women; (so next time you see a guy wearing jewellery, do not be bewildered & give him a hearty cheer!)
The purpose of wearing jewellery was the same back then, and is the same today: “they enabled the wearer to express himself non-verbally, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliation or affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless and a target for constant development and refinement.”
“Jewelry became more than just a fashion accessory; it was also a means of making a statement. exploring their individuality and expressing themselves with the kind of jewellery they chose to wear.”
Jewellery has been a form of expression since ancient times. The only difference is that earlier people used to adorn themselves with eccentric pieces of jewellery to either display their status, or women used to wear certain jewelry in order to communicate any dangers they were facing. Nowadays, it is pivotal in expressing fashion, culture & individuality.
“Thousands of years of advancement enabled jewelry to spread from the exclusive art form of the rich to the common personal items of adornment, which are today used by everyone around the world to express themselves in various visual fashionable ways.”
Materials, as we know, are rudimentary in making a piece of jewelry. Earlier in the prehistoric times, jewelleries were made of shells, stones, tusks, bones, pebbles and feathers. Gradually, with the advancement in technology & metallurgy, artisans made jewelry with precious metals and stones. The creative aspect emerged in the field of jewelry in the 19th century, where artistry & craft started getting recognition. Handmade jewellery, jewellery made from papier mache, wood, and etc. The process of handcrafting was believed to “improve the soul of the workman as well as the end design.”
We are going back to our roots with Handmade Jewelry. It respects the artist and their craft, there is a story behind each piece, it is not mass-produced & is often made-to-order, customizable, you’re supporting real people out there & hence, it is considered as sustainable.
“So, the next time you consider purchasing a handmade piece of jewelry, remember that even though the piece may be a little more costly than a mass-produced design, you are supporting something bigger than yourself. You should feel really good about your purchase knowing that you have a special piece of the artist forever in your jewelry collection.”