Jewelry & Accessories
Adorning the body and hair was adopted by the early civilisations around the world. The beauty of Cleopatra dripping in gold and precious stones always comes to mind. The more adornments, the higher the status of the wearer.
Necklaces are believed to be as old as 40 000 years, with the oldest forms made from shells, teeth or bone beads, bird feathers, carved wood, seeds, stones and many other artful natural elements. Some used more precious stones and materials, a sign of nobility and wealth.
The ancient Egyptians’ necklaces were more complicated – from simple stringed beaded strings, they evolved into broad collar types both women and men wore. Again, a sign of wealth and nobility.
Jewelry made with gemstones was first used by the Romans during the 1st century. It became a trend later on for women to wear many necklaces at once. This practice soon waned, and only in the late 14th century, necklaces regained popularity. During the Middle Ages, necklaces replaced brooches as the primary form of jewelry. Gold chain pendant necklaces and necklace sets with gemstone were in style. Neck accessories an indication of social status and level of wealth and propriety. The earliest bracelet to be found by Archaeologists dates back to 7500 BC in Turkey. During the Iron Age, bracelets formed spirals and were adorned with animal motifs, very common in Europe. Bracelets with separate hinged panels were first created by the Etruscans, and this style is still popular in the 21st century.
Gold, silver, platinum, pearls, diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones have long been a popular choice for all forms of jewelry and accessories. Always a symbol of wealth, glamour and prestige. In the first millennium BC, the Greeks and Etruscans wore earrings as a symbol of wealth. Even in Africa, many cultures adorned themselves in beaded finery reflecting their status in the tribe.
Accessories and jewelry aid in completing the perfect look. An outfit may seem flawless, but an added statement accessory is able to transform this look into something more glamorous. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, belts, neckties, headwear, rings can add the finishing touch to many outfits.
Our collection of accessories are painstakingly sourced from all over the world. To avail you the unique opportunity of owning something special.
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