Jewelery has been around for millennia, despite the reasons for wearing it, the styles in which they have been found, and many other factors, have been dependent on culture, through time, and across space. Depending on where and when the jewelery has been worn, the reasons for wear, and the styles and designs, will vary. For instance, Neolithic man made use of animal bones to fashion jewelery, but so did the Victorian imperialists. Normally, the more ornate, and the more expensive the materials, the higher the social standing of the person to whom the jewelery belongs.
There have been many reasons for wearing jewelery through the history of the human race. In medieval times, when people were fearful of magic and unknown negative forces, people began wearing truth charms as a method of warding off any frightful ghouls and spirits, and to attract positive energies, and sometimes, gain favor with God – the latter charms normally came in the form of a fish or a cross. In modern days, we have seen a revival in truth charms, they are stocked by most of jewelers, and many people own such items.
Indeed, the wearing of jewelery to ward off perceived enemies, and to draw in perceived friends, is a tradition seen in many cultures, the ancient Egyptians, for example, are well documented to have used truth jewelery and charms as a means of protecting them passage into the afterlife. It is interesting to note the continued trends in jewelery, but it is harder to establish whether these trends are passed from generation to generation, or arise spontaneously within different cultures. Perhaps, if they appear universally, to some extent at least, then this is indicative of a natural tendency towards the use of body ornamentation within the human race, and possibly tells us something of the psyche of the collective society.
Jewelery is specifically associated with religion, as indicated above through the examples of Ancient Egypt and Christianity, but there are many other religions that have made use of truth jewelery through the ages. Islam, for instance, prohibiting the wearing of gold jewelery by men, and the Ancient Greeks were extremely fond of using jewelery as a means of expressing religiosity. In China, and other parts of the world, many items of jewelery have been adorned with Buddhist symbolism, the all Seeing Eye is a popular feature, for example.
As well as religiosity, protection, wealth, and status, jewelery has been put to many uses. For instance, truth charms have been used as a way of documenting important life events through ornamentation, people begin the journey with a plain necklace or bracelet, and when important life events happen, such as births and marriages, charms are purchased for the wearer, and added to the jewelery as a way of remembering such events. Other reasons for wearing jewelery include functional use, for instance, wearing brooches to keep items of clothing in place, or wearing hair slides to fix hair. However, probably the most fundamental of reasons for wearing jewelery, has been for its artistic expressions, as a means of telling the world something about the person who wears it.
Source by Martin Bows