The Name Is Bond, Gems Bond.
Pardon the corny intro, but if you have at any point wondered what makes gems so alluring, then you will know exactly what I am talking about. Let’s take a walk through history and craft a story on handcrafted jewelry.
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, over 40,000 years to be precise, the first piece of jewelry was born, probably out of a creative need to express, experiment and impart elegance. This handcrafted jewelry was simple and was made out of natural materials like wood, stone, nuts, shells, seeds, cones and even animal teeth and bones. In addition to its role as a beauty enhancer, jewelry slowly became synonymous with rank and stature, especially from a religious perspective.
Around 5,000 years ago, with the discovery of precious metals and gems, civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece started incorporating Gold into handmade jewelry, therefore making the wearer a notch above the rest in terms of wealth and power (In certain locations, Ancient Rome for instance, only certain ranks could wear rings), and slowly but surely precious metals and gems were being incorporated into this art the world over.
In Egypt, Gold started to make a heavy appearance in jewelry making along with gems and colored glass beads, with each color bearing certain significance – Green, for instance, symbolized fertility. The Greeks adopted a simpler, more minimalistic approach to design, but heavily relied on amethyst, pearl and emerald for their final designs. In the Indian Subcontinent, where the first diamonds were mined, and empires flourished consistently, Jewelry thrived. Gold and silver were held sacred as they were believed to represent the burning sun and the cooling moon. Symbolic influences thrived. For example, the Navrathna, a nine gem amulet, made of diamond, pearl, ruby, sapphire, emerald, topaz, cat’s eye, coral, and red zircon , and worn on handmade bracelets or rings, was associated with nine celestial deity and was representative of the complete universe.
With time, the art of jewelry making became increasingly intricate, with each masterpiece an indication of the craftsman’s skill. Handcrafted jewelry by extension became more sought after by those seeking quality and distinction. But, with burgeoning technology, modern jewelry, veered off course with machine made pieces flooding the market, fuelling a need for more unique handcrafted creations. Modern handcrafted jewelry is slightly unconventional from its predecessors in the fact that it combines various different materials, both precious and semi-precious, as well as techniques. Handmade bracelets for example, can now be made of spiral wraps, knits, leather cords, glass beads, leather cuffs, crystals, stainless steel, silver, turquoise, coral, shell and much more. And Handmade bracelets are just one example, breakthrough designs can be seen in across the spectrum in modern handcrafted jewelry.
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The Allure Of Handcrafted Jewelry