People have been making jewels since prehistoric times. Carved, pierced, polished, and fashioned into the shape of beads, the first elements of primitive jewelry con-sifted of Stones, bones, animal teeth, and shells. To adorn his body, ancient man also made use of dried plants that had been tinted and woven, along with leather, feathers, cloth, hair, and fur. Only very rare traces of these early organic jewels have survived, as the fragile materials have decayed over the centuries. We can merely con-template the Splendid ornaments of people from distant lands to give us an idea of what jewelry must have looked like in the time of our ancestors.
Jewels were worn for many reasons, but their primary function was to seek favor. Necklaces, pendants, bracelets, charms, and ear ornaments, tastefully assembled according to shape and color, possessed precise purposes. They served as amulets, magical accessories with protective and ritual uses. This tendency can still be found today as charms and other lucky talismans become in vogue again.
Jewelry also had more utilitarian functions, such as the clasps that served to hold clothes together: we see this in examples of ancient fibulae, hooks, pins, belts, and buttons. Their functions as tools of seduction as well as for providing pure aesthetic pleasures were jug' as important.
Finally, we must not overlook the significance of jewelry as an investment. Jewels were transportable assets, with a relatively Stable value, that could be easily liquidated if necessary.
Writer- Laura Fronty