The Power Of Jewelry Through History
Jewelry has existed for as long as we can remember and evolved tremendously through history. In the prehistoric world, jewelry was a form of adornment. The pieces of the natural world, such as shelves or fish bones, were worn as a symbol of protection from danger or to represent a certain type of power. They were also amulets worn to protect from sickness and bad luck. In the ancient world, it’s the discovery of how to work metals that led through the development of jewelry art. As the jewelry evolved with time, the meaning of wearing an ornament slightly differed. Here is a brief jump in history to better understand the evolution of jewelry and its significance:
The medieval period (1200-1500) in Europe was a time where gold and silver were worn only by the highest positions in society (royalty, nobles). On the other hand, peasants wore basic metals. Jewelry was worn to show your wealth and position in society.
During the Renaissance period, jewelry pieces were filled with splendor. They were colorful and had more refined enamels on both sides. Certain types of stones were also used as a form of protection from the evil eye. Used as a protective amulet, the scorpion was graved on the jewelry and had a certain healing power.
In the 17th century, new styles of jewelry emerged. Bright pastel colors, gemstones and pearls were greatly used. The pieces were more delicate and feminine. In the 18th century, diamonds were dominating the jewelry. For those who wore them, diamonds were a sign of wealth and distinction in society.
In the 19th century, as there were major social and industrial changes, jewelry was heavily influenced by the past, from Antiquities (ancient Rome and Greece) to Medieval and Renaissance periods. Jewelry designs were characterized by flowers and fruits. The feminine flowers symbolize love and friendship. It was a naturalistic jewelry design that became more extravagant in the second half of the century. Three additional jewelry movements appeared at the end of the 19th century: Arts & Crafts, Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewelry, passing from handcrafting jewels to an abundance of gemstones.
With time, jewelry became more linked to commitment. For example, nowadays, the symbol of marriage is a ring. It’s through a ring that a marriage becomes official. In addition, jewelry denotes human connection and a sense of belonging to a certain culture or religion. Jewelry is also linked to emotional connection. It can simply be wearing a ring in the memory of your great grandmother or a necklace given to you by your mother. It’s the emotional connection and sentimental value of the piece that makes it special.
In our contemporary society, the individuality and personalization of jewelry are valorized. Also, it’s now fashionable to mix and match different types of jewelry from different ages. Nowadays, jewelry is available in all different shapes, sizes and metals. The variety of metals from gold, platinum, sterling silver to stainless steel makes today’s jewelries even more affordable. Anyone can find a piece that is unique, according to their taste and budget.
The uniqueness of the jewelries and the affordability of silver handmade pieces are the representation of Moroccan-Birds Jewelry. With the variety of designs, every woman can be pleased and feel special without exploding her budget.
From the Al’Saman Ring to the Al’Touyour Necklace, wearing a unique piece of ornament ethically crafted in Morocco is a symbol of power in itself.