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The History of Jewellery

Throughout human history, irrespective of religion race or culture, jewellery has existed as a form of personal expression, wealth and social status.

The first pieces of jewellery were made from natural materials, such as bone, animal teeth, shell, wood and carved stone.  Factors affecting the choice of materials include cultural differences and the availability of the materials.  Recently-found 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells are thought to be the oldest known jewellery. 

While the materials and techniques used to manufacture jewellery have in many ways evolved, there are also a number of similarities with the very first forms of jewellery worn some 100,000 years ago. During this time bead necklaces constructed from shells were strung together with twine, effectively acting as charms. Necklaces and bracelets constructed from the same components and serving the same function are still available today.

While new trends such as charm bracelets, chandelier earrings and stack rings dominate today's jewellery fashions, their origins in terms of both components and design can be traced back through both ancient and modern history.

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Evolving Functions of Jewellery

The function of jewellery has evolved and varied over time, from a form of currency, and a mark of social status or membership, to a fashion accessory and form of artistic expression.

Numerous cultures have utilised jewellery as a form of currency and as a sign of wealth - and this continues into today. For example, royal jewels have been used to secure the wealth of countries and, for many, our precious metal and gemstone jewellery rank among our most expensive assets and items of inheritance.

Jewellery has also played an important part in religion denoting membership and status within the religion as well as in various social groups e.g. crucifixes for Christians, the Star of David for Jews, buddhas for Buddhists, and a multiplicity of political party and sports association society emblem brooches and tie-pins.

Many forms of jewellery have their roots in function. Pins, buckles and brooches were initially created to serve a specific function but later evolved into more decorative pieces eventually considered ornamentation and jewellery.

Jewellery is ultimately, however,  a form of personal adornment and has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings, including, necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets.  While traditional jewellery is usually made with gemstones and precious metals, such as silver or gold, there is also a growing demand for art jewellery, where design and creativity is prized above material value.
In addition, there is the less costly costume jewellery, made from lower value semi-precious materials,  and fashion jewellery, which is often mass-produced.

At Pirina,  we aim to represent all of these art forms in our jewellery, providing you with a choice of carefully selected brands and beautiful designs, all at accessible prices.


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