JEWELRY CONNECTIONS

ONE OF THE OLDEST FORMS OF ART IS FAR MORE THAN ORNAMENTATION

By Loukia Richards


JEWELRY IS A BRIDGE CONNECTING US WITH...


...LIFE MILESTONES. Adornment featuring distinctive motifs, designs, or materials, it seals rites of passage, such as engagement, wedding, baptism, communion, mourning, circumcision, childbirth, new year's celebrations, etc.

...MAGIC. Numerous jewels from different eras and cultures show that in archaic societies jewelry was believed to have powers that protected the wearer from evil. Motifs such as knots, eyes, chess patterns or materials such as blue stones or gold reflect concepts of omnipotent jewelry.
Christianity used the cross as its symbol: the junction where the underworld, heaven, and earth meet became its most powerful talisman.

...SOCIAL VALUES. Jewelry reflects hierarchy and succession. Think of the king's ring in legends and fairy tales. Even jewelry made of shell currency or head-hunters' loot is precious and the wearer enjoys an elevated social position and esteem because the materials reflect skills valued in his society.



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