And readily available natural materials such as wood, animal teeth, bones, stones or sea shells were the first to be used to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Over the centuries they have continued to use other natural materials but require a process of extraction and processing more complex. The discovery of gold and silver added a huge economic value to the jewelry giving these pieces a symbol of exclusivity and wealth. The jewelry also represented an investment alternative less exposed to the vagaries of inflation and business cycles.
The high-level jewelry usually made with precious metals: gold, silver or platinum. Alternatively you can incorporate gemstones. Among the factors that determine the price of a jewel is the purity of the material, gloss, design, rarity and size of the gems that could incorporate.
What is the difference between costume and fashion jewelry? Is there really a difference or use the words interchangeably? Perhaps a better question is why we use the words interchangeably? To find an answer, we must first go back in time a bit and review the history of jewelry.
Although the use of materials, or specifically gold, to adorn the body easily dates back to Egypt in 3000 BC as evidenced by the findings in the tombs of Tutankhamen as, we need to advance to the 13th century in Medieval Europe and in England when Sumptuary laws were promulgated, to see the beginning of “fake” jewelry. Commoners, or farmers and artisans, were forbidden to use gold, silver, pearls or gemstones. From gemstones and pearls were prized, a market developed for good glass imitations. The Italians, especially the glass making areas of Venice and Murano, began making imitation glass gems and pearls that were of very high quality.
Whether sleek and sophisticated or edgy and industrial body piercing jewelry gives a unique and personalized. Before purchase and use of body piercings, it is important to know how to care for it. Here are five key tips that will help you focus your body jewelry last for years …
Body Jewelry proper cleaning
First, prior to any piece of body jewelry, make sure your hands are clean. It is best to use an antibacterial soap and air or dry hands or use a lint-free cloth. While it may seem like a sermon warning, unnecessary, the fact is that most infections begin drilling for handling jewelry with unwashed hands.
Then make sure that the piece itself is clean. Do not immerse your body piercing jewelry in alcohol. If it does, it tends to loosen the adhesive and, finally, that the most fragile.