The Art of Adornment
Humans have been adorning themselves with treasure since long before recorded history. The spirit which moved our ancestors to fashion beads from Nassarius shells 100,000 years ago still captures the human imagination. Beginning with the iron age and extending to present day, culture has developed parallel to a growing knowledge of metal, unlocking advances in jewelry-making along with technology. According to the place and era, jewelry has expressed spirituality, symbolized wealth, been a tool of trade, and even served to heal or protect.