The history of jewellery is rather fascinating. It all started when some ancient humans decided that they needed to spice up their outfits with shiny rocks and bones. They soon realised that they could use these adornments to impress potential mates, show off their wealth and status, or ward off evil spirits. Some of the earliest jewellery pieces were made from shells, teeth, animal skins, and feathers.
And yes, and some of these super ancient jewellery items were found in the Blombos Cave, between Witsand and Stilbaai, in sunny South Africa. Archaeologists have unearthed what may be the oldest jewellery ever discovered. The 75,000-year-old beads were made from pea-sized shells with bored holes and worn areas showing that they had been strung on a necklace, bracelet or clothes. The beads predate jewellery excavated from sites in Europe and Africa by at least 30,000 years. So, beat that!
Later, more people learned how to work with metals, gemstones, pearls, and glass. Jewellery became more elaborate and diverse over time, reflecting different cultures, religions, and artistic styles. Some of the most famous jewelry items in history include the Egyptian pharaohs’ gold and turquoise necklaces, the Greek and Roman laurel wreaths and rings, the medieval crowns and brooches, the Renaissance pearls and pendants, the Baroque and Rococo earrings and bracelets, the Victorian lockets and cameos, the Art Nouveau and Art Deco necklaces and brooches, and the list goes on and on and on.
Jewellery is still a popular form of expression and decoration today, with new trends and innovations emerging every year. Aaaand, the rest is history, as they say. We make it our business to stay abreast of these trends and a variety of other interesting stuff that may or may not be useful to you. Pay us a visit or drop us an e-mail to get the ball rolling on that next custom jewellery dream you’re dreaming off..