The History Of Gents’ Jewellery
Men are generally limited when it comes to the selection of gents’ jewellery; rings, watches, cuffs, chains and earrings are a few of the items which are popularly worn by men as jewellery. The use of jewellery in general to enhance beauty can be traced back to the dawn of mankind. This is asserted by Archibald Campbell, an acclaimed archaeologist, who stated that “the first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration.” He further stated that what separates humans from animals is the “desire to capture the essence of beauty, to posses its secrets and to unlock its mysteries.”
The history of gents’ jewellery can be traced back to about 100,000 years ago, which was the mid-stone age period. Archaeologists discovered mollusk jewellery in South Africa’s Blombos caves, and they are thought to be the oldest man-made jewellery in existence. When it comes to the term jewellery, it is derived from jocale which is a Latin word meaning plaything buy gold in dubai . The word was anglicized in the 13th century, from the French word joule to jewelry; also spelled as jewellery when written in European English.
Earrings made it to the list of gents’ jewellery in recent times, and the wearing of earrings by men is associated with pop culture. The acceptance of earrings as jewellery pieces worn by men was for the longest time a taboo. Men who wore earrings were thought to be gay; however, archaeological findings show that historically men wore earrings much longer compared to women. In 1991, a male mummified corpse was discovered in Australia and the man’s ears had been pierced in likeness to the Indian’s ritualistic enlarged gauge piercings.
Gents’ jewellery has also been associated with the primitive Indian tribes. These tribes are documented to have adorned facial piercings and other body modification tools similar to modern-day jewellery. In these communities, the body modification tools were used as symbols depicting status, social standing, age or wealth. The 1920’s sailors are also documented to have adorned gold-made earrings and skull rings. The sailors wore these pieces in the hopes that the jewellery would be used to cover their burial, upon their demise. Towards the end of the 1960s going into the early 1970s, homosexuals and hippies began wearing earrings as a sign of rebellion. However, this trend quickly caught on as a fad picked up by athletes and punk rock musicians.
The term handmade, or handcrafted jewellery are terms which are usually reserved for a type of jewellery which is made by an artisan craftsman who is designing, making and usually promoting their own jewellery business. This is a different type of business to the large ‘commercial’ concerns (henceforth called ‘commercial sites’) and whilst their jewellery may not always be made by machine and might well be made by hand, it is not usually such a personal service in the way that an artisan’s business can be.
So the term handmade or handcrafted has come to mean, in the main, those artisan jewellers who are running small businesses and are making their own jewellery.
How can you easily and quickly tell the difference on the internet between a smaller handmade jewellery business and a larger commercial business? The following differences are only a general guide, and there are always exceptions to the guidelines, but they will give you some idea. Of course always check directly with the online retailer if you are not sure.
Start a search on Google for a type of jewellery, for example ‘handmade pearl jewellery’ (or handmade gemstone jewelry) and see what comes up. Always take a quick look at all the sites on the first two pages on the search results to see the differences between them – most people do not and they often miss something they really would like and it only takes a few minutes to find your favourite jewellery.
After having looked at a few sites you will spot some differences. Photographs of the jewellery often look very different between the commercial sites and artisan sites – commercial sites can usually afford a photographer and studio using artificial lighting and often jewellery is photographed on a white background. On an artisan site however, quite often they take great pains to produce photographs shot in a natural environment using natural daylight. Always use the expanded view feature to see if you can see the jewellery clearly, an expanding photo which doesn’t expand much isn’t much use to anyone. After all you want to see the goods really clearly.