History of Jewelry

Looking to get some jewelry inspiration from history? Let us guide you through jewelry styles throughout history. We will take you through ancient Egyptian jewelry, medieval styles, all the way through gorgeous Art Deco and contemporary settings. 

Jewelry has been worn since the beginning of humanity as a way to show individuality and social status. From the days of stones and bones through modern handmade or 3D-printed beauties, jewelry is an amazing way to showcase your individual style.

China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, with history dating back thousands of years. Jewelry started being made in China in the Neolithic period around 5000 BC, and due to the culture's tradition of burying a person's wealth with their bodies, many pieces have been beautifully preserved over time. As time went on, different styles emerged from different regions and eras in...

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Fabric jewelry has been around since ancient times and is still popular even now. In this post, we’re exploring some different types of fabric jewelry and what techniques you can use to make amazing jewelry from fabrics today.

The concept of decorating the body with accessories came about back in prehistoric times. Early humans used sea shells, bone fragments, stones and animal skins to adorn their bodies. Later on, other materials were used including bird feathers, leather, fibers and even hair. Back in those days, these kinds of materials were easily accessible.

The very first proper textile in history is thought to have...

Welcome to the last post in our Jewelry Through The Ages series! We hope you’ve enjoyed it so far. In part 9, we’re finding out more about the contemporary jewelry we see around us today.

Contemporary jewelry is made up of a variety of different forms and styles. Some styles are classic and elegant, some are earthy and bohemian and others are trendy and futuristic. There are plenty of other styles that sit somewhere in between.

Contemporary jewelry is seen as a progressive art movement, with new styles appearing all the time. In the early part of the 21st century, the “Bling Bling” style was popularized by rap and...

Jewelry production in the 1960s through to the 1980s was loud, proud and designed to make a statement! Fine jewelry was still being made and worn by those that could afford it, but many people liked to wear costume jewelry, which played a big part in the fashion of these decades.

Expensive diamonds, emeralds and sapphires were pushed to the side a little as the masses wanted jewelry made with cheaper materials like plastic chunky beads, gold plate metal, colored glass and crystal. Costume jewelry throughout this time period was the height of fashion.

Jewelry in the 1960s

Jewelry design during the 1960s took on a bold and...

In today’s instalment of Jewelry Through The Ages, we’re exploring Retro Era jewelry, also known as Retro Modern or cocktail jewelry.

It’s not uncommon to consider something that is “Retro” as something dating back to the 1960s or 1970s. But when it comes to Retro jewelry, the time period involved goes back even further, to around the time of World War II.

Retro jewelry was first seen in France around 1935 with a collection of designs from Van Cleef & Arpels. They exhibited their collection at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and when World War II began, those designs remained in New York.

American jewelry...

This week, as part of our Jewelry Through The Ages series, we’re revisiting the 1920s and 1930s to find out more about an iconic style of jewelry that still influences jewelry design today – the style of Art Deco.

The Art Deco era took place from around 1920 to 1935. By this time, the First World War had changed the world in many ways. It had impacted directly on women’s fashion and the way they lived their lives generally.

During the war, women were required to undertake some of the physical work that men generally used to do. This required them cut their hair, shorten their sleeves and replace their long dresses and...

As part of our mission to explore jewelry through the ages, today’s article is all about jewelry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries - Art Nouveau and Edwardian jewelry.

Before we begin with Art Nouveau jewelry, let’s first look at what the Art Nouveau style is all about. It’s considered an international philosophy and complete art style, one that includes decorative and fine arts, interior design, architecture and textiles.

The Art Nouveau style was most popular between 1890 and 1910. The name Art Nouveau literally means “new art” in French and that’s what it was. It was a reaction to the academic art of the...

Today’s post is the fourth instalment in our “Jewelry Through The Ages” series and this time, we’re exploring Victorian jewelry.

The Victorian era (1837 to 1901) was a time of great change in terms of technology, politics, art and fashion. This was a time period in which great inventions were made such as the introduction of electricity, the concept of indoor plumbing and the birth of photography.

Because of the advances in technology, the expansion of trade and the growth of middle class society, jewelry production reached a great level during the Victorian era compared to prior history periods.

The Victorian era is...