Ever wondered how civilisations fell in love with jewellery and why it continues to captivate us today? Here's a look at the role this form of adornment has played throughout history – and why our affection for it will always endure...
Throughout history, the wearing of jewellery has held immense historical importance, often transcending cultural boundaries and societal norms. In ancient civilisations, such as Egypt and Mesopotamia, jewellery was worn to signify status and wealth, with precious metals, rare gemstones and intricate designs reserved for the elite. Jewellery also played a key role in religious and spiritual practices, symbolising divine connections and worn as protective talismans. In some cultures, jewellery was used as a form of currency or a means of trade. The symbolic significance of jewellery has always lay in its ability to communicate power, wealth, beliefs and emotions – transcending time and serving as a tangible link between past and present. This has not been lost on the most well-to-do families who were keen to pass down jewellery heirlooms to generations of descendants to preserve familial wealth, status and ancestral traditions. (No jokes about 'the family jewels', please!)
For modern-day aficionados, jewellery is a form of self-expression and personal style. Whether it's a statement necklace, an elegant ring, or a delicate bracelet, a well-chosen piece can encapsulate the wearer's personality and speak so much to others. Often serving as a symbol of love, jewellery holds sentimental value and emotional significance – engagement rings and wedding bands, for example, represent the commitment and bond between partners. Jewellery also plays a role in celebrations and milestones, with necklaces, earrings and bracelets often given as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Each piece of jewellery begins its own story from the first moment it is worn, sharing some of the most cherished memories of one's life. This is why jewellery makes such compelling and treasured heirlooms.
It is an honour and a privilege for Moonstone & Wolf to continue the role of small-scale independent artisan jewellers in influencing trends and driving innovation in design and craftsmanship. We that jewellery will always rock! So, whether you're looking for a fashion statement, a sentimental token for a loved one or a handmade gift for a good friend, look no further than Moonstone & Wolf. We're wild about jewellery. Are you?