About Jewellery

From ‘Wikipedia’, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Jewelry) Jewellery (jewelry in American English) is literally any piece of fine material used to adorn one’s self.

The word jewellery is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicised from the Old French “jouel” in around the 13th century. Further tracing leads back to the Latin word “jocale”, meaning plaything.

Jewellery has probably been around since the dawn of man; indeed, recently found 100,000 year-old Nassarius shells that were made into beads are thought to be the oldest known jewellery.[1] Although in earlier times jewellery was created for more practical uses, such as wealth storage and pinning clothes together, in recent times it has been used almost exclusively for decoration.

The first pieces of jewellery were made from natural materials, such as bone and animal teeth, shell, wood and carved stone.

Jewellery was often made for people of high importance to show their status and in many cases, they were buried with it.

Jewellery is made out of almost every material known and has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings and many more types of jewellery. While high-quality and artistic pieces are made with gemstones and precious metals, less costly costume jewellery is made from less valuable materials and is mass-produced.

Swarovski® Crystal Pearls – with a heart of the finest Austrian crystal. These “pearls” are finished with multiple layers of highly luminous pearlescence. The result captures the look of a fine South Sea pearl, combining it with the exquisite craftmanship you’ve come to expect from Swarovski®.

From ‘Jewelry Making’, LUCITE was actually popularised by DuPont in the 1930s as an alternative to the more expensive (and now famous) plastic called Bakelite. Looking on ‘Wikipedia’, the chemical name for the trade name Lucite is Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) . It started off being used for costume jewelry and in the 1950s became extremely popular in something called Jelly Belly Jewelry – their popularity continues to this day.

One thing about Lucite is that although it is more substantial than other plastic beads, it is surprisingly light in general. Therefore, even though vintage Lucite is often cut in extremely chunky pieces they won’t weigh down a necklace made entirely of it. Most of the Lucite beads are carved out of tubes of Lucite as opposed to pressed in a mold like many other plastics or glass, therefore no seams in the beads!

Because many of the Lucite beads being sold today are actually vintage beads that aren’t currently being manufactured, they can be a bit difficult to find sometimes. Often, a new company will buy up the older jewelry stock from warehouses of companies that used to produce beads and findings, and the vintage Lucite beads are included in the haul.

There have been reproductions of vintage beads, but you can usually tell the difference in the quality and workmanship. Also vintage Lucite isn’t exactly cheap, that is why you will tend to see more reproductions of vintage glass than vintage plastic at bead stores.