The Origins of Jewelry

The Origins of Jewelry


According to Wikipedia, the term "jewellery" came from the word "jewel" which actually came from the French word "jouel". If we trace it further, it was derived from the Latin word "jocale" which means plaything.

The American language would spell it as jewelry while the other forms of English (Britsh, Indian, New Zealand, Hiberno, Australian and South African) would spell it as jewellery. Either way, both pertain to "small decorative items" that people wear for personal decoration like rings, earrings, brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. It can be made of various durable materials like shells, precious metals, beads, and enamel combined with gemstones of course for added spark, beauty and color.


Although the primary kinds of jewellery differ between cultures, most usually last for a very long time. In European cultures for example, the most common forms of adornments listed above have existed since ancient times. As for the other forms of jewelry for the nose or ankle for instance, though important in other cultures, tend to be much less common.


So now you know a little bit of history about jewelry. Wouldn't you love to wear one or add one to your collection? By doing so, you'd be perpetuating the tradition and become a part of the long-standing history of jewelry. Wouldn't that be lovely?