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Japanese Traditional Jewelry

13 Sep 2011

Japanese traditional jewelryJapanese women’s traditional costume has not accept wrist jewelry and necklaces, so hair ornaments were the only type of japanese traditional jewelry. So they have become the main way of a self-expression as well as a demonstration of taste and wealth of their owner. When about 400 years ago the style of the female hair changed and the long straight hair was laid in intricate and fantastic shapes – nihongami, hair ornaments have get a very important role in the wardrobe of a Japanese woman. Japanese kushi (combs) and kanzashi (hairpins) became the expressions of the female character, social status and marital status. Woman’s hair can tell us what social class she belongs to, whether she was married or single, we can learn her age and even quantity of her children. Often, the cost of the hair ornament exceeded the cost of the expensive embroidered silk kimono. Prior to the modern era, the decorative combs and hairpins, known as kanzashi, have been an important part of Japanese fashion and social culture. Read more about Japanese traditional jewellery »

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Gemstones in Jewelry

02 Jun 2011

DiamondsThroughout the ages gemstones have been objects to treasure and collect, important both as commodities an as symbols of wealth. The attraction of the gemstones has always been tied to their incredible ability to play with light. Certainly, the raw stone looks ordinary, but often they are processed by the nature powers like wind, sand and water. So people began to make jewelry and other adornments with natural stones. Initially they could process only soft minerals such as agate, amber and quartz. However in the middle of the 15th century the jeweler of the Burgundian duke Ludwig van Berkem for the first time has faceted a diamond, and in the 17th century people have learned to saw the diamonds. Now the precious stones are the gorgeous material for making necklaces, rings and other expensive jewelry. Read more about Gemstones in Jewelry

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Czech Garnets in Jewelry

24 May 2011

Czech garnet earringsCzech garnets – also known as Bohemian garnets – are deep red Pyrope garnets, which are the variety of garnets with saturated dark red color. Deposits of the Czech garnets are in the north of Bohemia, northwest from Prague. The Pyropes were found in the territory of the Czech Republic more than thousand years ago. Besides, the pyrope deposits are known in the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Russia, India, Tanzania, Norway. The oldest Czech garnet jewelry dates back to the 10th century. Read more about Czech Garnets in Jewelry

Jet Costume Jewelry

11 May 2011

Jet necklace

Jet bijou or black bijouterie is one of the phenomena of the jewelry production.

The history of the jet jewelry goes back thousands years ago. The jet was called “black amber” by Romans and Babylonians and was thought having recovery abilities from epilepsy, for example. After the Romans the monks began to make jet rosary and crosses. The most beautiful jewelry from the jet was found near Whitby, England.

In the middle of the 19th century thanks to the exhibition in London and new modern trends the jet jewelry became famous worldwide. From those times the jet became the accessory not only of the high society (in 1861 after the prince Albert’s – the queen Victoria’s husband – death the jet became the official mourning jewelry) but also of the rich petty bourgeois.  Read more about Black Jewelry

Indian Traditional Jewelry

11 Mar 2011

Indian jewelry is an integral part of the Indian lifestyle. India has the longest continuous legacy of jewellery making anywhere since Ramayana and Mahabharata times.
The Indian jewelry is varied in styles and designs in accordance to the different regions. Different states have different styles of Indian jewelry that are unique to that state and are not found anywhere else. For instance, the delicate filigree work in silver is unique to Orissa and Andhra Pradesh; the Meenakari (jewelry enameling work) is popular in Rajasthan; the temple town of Nagercoil in south is famous for its famous temple jewelry; Delhi is famous for its Kundan jewelry and so on.
Indian jewelry has a variety of ornaments in different styles and designs for just about every part of the body.  Today, many of the jewellery designs and traditions are still used and jewellery is commonplace in Indian ceremonies and weddings. Let’s take a look at some of the common items of Indian bridal jewelry. Read the rest of this entry »

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