Jewelry And The Treasure Of Love And Tradition

By: Ajeet Khurana

Jewelry was something that even the people of the ancient worlds took pleasure in. There are many reasons why people wear jewelry. It is not only that jewelry looks beautiful thanks to the shine and the glitters. That is only a part of the picture. The important thing is that jewelry is also representative of one's wealth and power. Jewelry can be worn as rings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and even as earrings.

They can be a combination of different precious metals together with gems like rubies, jade, sapphires or diamonds. In many designs, the jewelry makers choose to stay away from precious stones and work only on the available metal. Compared to older generations, who preferred gold, people nowadays have begun to go in for platinum jewelry combined with that most valuable and sought-after of gemstones -- the diamond.

But many a time, adornment is not the purpose of jewelry. Over the years, people have also been known to store jewelry like treasures because of the immense value that has been attached to it. The value of paper money may have decreased over a period of time. At the same time, we have noticed a consistent rise in the value of jewelry. Even in times of war when paper money loses its value, jewelry can be pawned off or traded in exchange for other essential items.

The peoples of some areas wear jewelry that is linked to their superstitions.

Among the various kinds of jewelry available, the one that is most popular today is the diamond and platinum combination. You must have come across the old saying that "a diamond is a girl's best friend". This must be true in many ways, for it is now quite common to see couples nowadays make their wedding vows with gifts of diamond rings. Most people today are going in for this diamond-platinum combination.

This is because the metal and the stone complement each other very well. In fact, many view it as a perfect combination. A wedding celebrates the everlasting love that a couple has for each other just as a diamond celebrates everlastingness. Not only that, sometimes at upper class dinners, women adorn themselves with heavy diamond jewelry in the form of necklaces or earrings to complement their dinner gowns.

But then, jewelry using platinum and diamonds is hugely expensive. Sometimes, the prices can be as high as few thousand dollars. Some pieces even fetch millions depending on the quality of the jewelry or how many carats the diamond is. These rings are available in many different designs. One of the most popular of these is the heart-shaped diamond ring.

Because of the high demand for these ornamental treasures and the high price tags attached with them, diamonds were actually obtained illegally in several African countries. The mining area was controlled by warlords who took over the diamonds. There was often a lot of fighting between factions leading to casualties. Hence, the term - "blood diamond".

There certainly is something about jewelry that entices the best of us. It will never fall out of favor even though there may be changes in times and traditions. It is probably safe to say that the power the jewelry holds over us will never be swayed even as the years go by.

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