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A History Of Jewellery

A HISTORY OF JEWELLERY In the ancient world the discovery of how to work metals was an important stage in the development of the art of jewellery. Over time, metalworking techniques became more sophisticated and decoration more intricate Ancient World Jewellery Jewellery made from shells, stone and bones survives from prehistoric times. In the ancient world the discovery of how to work metals was an important stage in the development of the art of jewellery. Over time, metalworking techniques became more sophisticated and decoration more intricate. Did you know? Gold, a rare and highly valued material, was buried with the dead so as to accompany its owner into the afterlife. Medieval Jewellery The jewellery worn in medieval Europe reflected an intensely hierárchical and status-conscious society. Royalty and the nobility wore gold, silver and precious gems. Humbler ranks wore base metals, such as copper or pewter. Size and lustrous colour determined their value. Enamels - ground glasses fired at high temperature onto a metal surfăce - allowed goldsmiths to colour their designs on jewellery. They used a range of techniques to create effects never since surpassed. Renaissance Jewellery Renaissance jewels shared the age's passion for splendour. Enamels, often covering both sides of the jewel, became more elaborate and colourful. Advances in cutting techniques increased the glitter of stones. The designs reflect the new-found interest in the classical world, with mythological figures and scenes becoming popular. The ancient art of gem engraving was revived. The inclusion of portraits reflected another cultural trend - an increased artistic awareness of the individual. 17th century By the mid-17th century, changes in fashion had introduced new styles of jewellery. While dark fabrics required elaborate gold jewellery, the new softer pastel shades became graceful backdrops for gemstones and pearis. Diamonds sparkled as never before and came to dominate jewellery design. 18th century Frequently mounted in silver to enhånce the stone's white colour, magnificent sets of diamond jewels were essential for court life. 19th century Naturalistic jewellery, decorated with clearly recognisablé flowers and fruit, was also popular for much of this period. There was also an interest in jewels inspired by the Medieval and Renaissance periods Arts & Crafts Jewellery Developing in the last years of the 19th century, the Arts and Crafts movement was based on a profound unease with the industrialised world. Arts and Crafts jewellers avoided large, faceted stones, relying instead on the natural beauty of cabochon (shaped and polished) gems. They replaced the repetition and regularity of mainstr settings with curving or figurative designs, often with a symbolic meaning. Art Nouveau Jewellery The Art Nouveau style caused a dramatic shift in jewellery design, reaching a peak around 1900 when it triumphed at the Paris International Exhibition. Art Deco Jewellery Although buffeted by cycles of boom, depression and war, jewellery design between the 1920s and 1950s maintained both innovation and glamour. Modern Day Jewellery Today, jewellery is increasingly viewed as a form of artistic expréssion as the tools and materials of production become increasingly affordable and available. Dramatic improvements in technology mean that jewelry constructed from affordable and readily available resources as well as synthetic materials are capable of rivaling the beauty of the most expensive natural gemstones and metals. These factors have contributed to a focus on design, creativity and artistic expression over symbolism ănd social status Lois Sources: JEWELLERY LTD

A History Of Jewellery

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Throughout human history, jewellery has existed as a form of expression, wealth and social status. Take a look at this visual and take a trip through the history of Jewellery.



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