What is Jewelry?
In my opinion, jewelry can be anything that identifies you as a person and of course, makes you feel empowered and more beautiful when you wear it.
However literally speaking, jewelry is ornaments that essentially decorate and caress your body. Kind of like a Christmas Tree or your boyfriend.
Jewelry is so ubiquitous that it goes almost unremarked as an art form. According to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was one of the first art forms tens of thousands of years before cave paintings and sculpture. Read more about the first types of jewelry ever made here.
Jewelry can stand in for an individual, a family, a position of authority, even a nation. It generates stories, an introduction to it sets a stage, and also reminds us of the culture resonance across time and place.
So why do we wear it?
I think it simply comes down to the fact that it's beautiful, it's fun to wear and it tells people a little bit about who you are as a person. It's the one thing you know you can enjoy and keep enjoying for years to come and when passed down from one generation to the next.
"Beautiful jewelry is meant to be worn, not put away in a box for no one to see"