bySonu BohraSep 05, 2016 #FbTips 6 Likes
Even 75,000 years ago, women of ancient civilizations felt the need to wear jewellery; today it's only getting more popular. Millennia after millennia of fabulous bling adds up to more than just a passing trend. But is it just a mere fashion statement recorded historically and passed on mindlessly, or more? We find out
Why do we wear jewellery? It's a simple enough answer for most of us: it looks good, completes an outfit or acts as a status symbol. While history has repeatedly depicted a woman’s penchant for wearing jewellery - from native dwellers with animal teeth, feathers, shells, all the way to aristocrats with their opulent royal gems - I felt the need to dig deeper to truly understand the relationship between women and jewellery. If you ask women who wear certain adornments everyday, they'd explain that the jewels have more meaning to them than just vanity. Wedding rings, promise bands or heirlooms, for women each piece signifies a bond, a habit or a happy memory.
Of course, one can't ignore the true super power of jewellery to transform your mundane outfit into an effortlessly stylish ensemble. Sociologists believe that needs such as comfort or luxury naturally appeared once primary needs such those of food and shelter are fulfilled. Today, jewellery has transcended beyond being cachet accoutrements - it's a way of communicating your inimitable style to the masses. From the timeless classic to minimalist contemporary, ostentatious modern pieces to one-off custom work, jewellery truly speaks to you individually, and about you as an individual.
Listed above are social and psychological reasons to rack up the ornamental regalia, but probably one of the most practical reasons is monetary - your sparkles make for a sound investment. Gold has played a major role in the economies of many nations. It may no longer be a primary form of currency, but it still holds sway as a long-term investment for many. Conventional wisdom is that men buy jewellery for investment and women because they like it. But women do understand that finery isn't always frivolous - diamonds, platinum and gold are tangible assets that unlike a dress or car (or, heaven forbid, this season's It Bag), don’t wear out - and can actually appreciate in value!
Whether it's any of these reasons or a culmination of all, humankind is constantly looking for something higher, something aspirational. Jewellery is an investment, a fashion statement or echoes your personal story. Most importantly for me, it gives me a direction to dress, speak my mind or mood and feel my true self. Call me a creature of habit or sentimental, but wearing a storied and treasured ornament is a wonderful way of keeping the memories and emotions associated with it close at all times. It almost makes me believe that diamonds (and gold and rubies and emeralds and sapphires...)are a girl's best friend!
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