Vintage Seaman Schepps Gold Shell Brooch

Jewelry and its Glamour

Jewelry and Style 

The basic function of jewelry is and always has been to adorn the wearer.  Jewelry is the perfect way to bring life to an outfit and enhance one’s best features.  Jewelry is the personal adornment, often in the form of watches, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, cufflinks, and accessories.

Jewelry and Quality 

For either antique, vintage or contemporary jewelry, quality is what distinguishes a piece, and quality is what makes a piece outstanding.  A design, for example, can be seen as high quality by having the right curve or flow including how it feels when worn or held in one’s hand.

Materials 

The variety of materials used for jewelry ranges from well established materials that can be seen frequently in finished jewelry forms, such as gold, platinum, and silver . Precious and semi-precious stones are added to many pieces, as well as other materials like enamel.

Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history. Gemstones are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common attraction. Each gemstone occurs naturally and is therefore unique, with it’s individual special color, rarity, origin, and story. In some cultures stones were also valued for their magical and prophylactic properties.

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