Women and men have adored and adorned custom crafted jewelry designs for millenniums. The variety of gemstones, semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, and natural substances available have stirred in man the desire to create and display these beautiful treasured objects. These objects held beauty and were assigned meanings and purpose to capture the essence of the find. The skills of the early craftsman are still admired and continue to bring inspiration for fashion jewelry designs and trends today.
If you are fortunate to live by a museum of history or art go and you will be pleasantly surprised to see the craftsmanship of earlier days and the priceless treasures. I had the rare opportunity to travel to Russia and visit several museums including the Hermitage and the summer palace of Peter the Great. I was so captivated by the European history and the Royal families who wore amazing jewelry pieces and used these priceless treasures in everyday living. In the Houston Museum of Natural Science my daughters favorite hall is the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. She whole heartily enjoys the Smith Gem Vault with Ernestro Moreira’s current century designs being her favorite. If you cannot get to a museum go online and search the web and you will discover a treasure trove of jewelry pieces at your fingertips.
The timelessness of jewelry is a constant and jewelry lovers make up a large audience due to history, variety of materials, and mass individual appeal-there is something for everyone. We like looking, holding, and wearing something beautiful. While many jewelry pieces may not be in our budget many pieces are affordable. Designers duplicate or put a twist on a good design and can use materials to fit almost any budget.
Jewelry has always been a part of fashion and can reflect your own personal style. Open your jewelry box or drawer and wear your jewelry. Reacquaint yourself with pieces you have not worn in a long time. I just wore a pair of earrings I purchased in 1986 and received compliments. Purchase a piece from time to time that speaks to you and enjoy wearing it. The current fashion trend is layering so get out your necklaces and put three together or more if it works. Go ahead and mix chains with pearl strands and semi-precious stones and do wear a stylish pair of earrings to complete the look.
Women and men throughout history have adorned themselves with unique handcrafted jewelry designs. Wearing jewelry can make you feel more beautiful and fashion forward. Enjoy the pleasure, embrace your style, and adorn yourself with beautiful jewelry. You may even want to pass on your favorite pieces that might one day become heirlooms and tell history of their own.