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The Fascination With Jewellery

I’m sure most women out there would agree – women can be completely FASCINATED by jewellery almost borderline obsessed by it in fact! Whether it be a silver necklace, a pair of gold earrings or a diamond ring, jewellery can have the same affect on a woman that a sweet shop has on a child. The evidence is always crystal clear on a high street on a busy day – just check out a jewellery store and you can guarantee to see a woman looking at the jewellery on display with a far away and dreamy look in their eyes.

Diamonds were Marilyn Monroes best friend. The character Willie in Raiders of the Lost Ark couldn’t care less about the bullets flying around her, once she clocked the diamond that fell to the floor she quite happily got on her hands and knees amongst all the mayhem with only one thought in her mind – to grab the diamond and claim it as her own. The film Casino is another perfect example on the effect jewellery can have on a woman, Sharon Stones character Ginger was a tough, smart, independent and strong willed woman, but on being presented with a (very) big box filled with jewellery she was almost zombified into a mass jewellery fuelled awe!

Why is this I wonder? It is because of society? Maybe women have become sub-consciously programmed to place emphasis on and desire all things that glitter and sparkle? It is due to  Mothers letting her Daughters wear the most special pieces of jewellery on special occasions thus instilling a sense of reverence with regards to jewellery?  Perhaps men are to blame?! Men will often buy a loved one a piece of jewellery to show their affection, the ultimate gift being a diamond which has become symbolic to lasting love and unity. Or, dare I ask, do women wear jewellery not just to feel more confident but to actually appear more attractive to men?

Running on from the question with attracting the opposite sex, what is really interesting is with animals, birds in particular, the male is usually the more attractive of the species and  they can become even more attractive during their mating ritual. A male peacock will proudly show off its beautiful and colourful plumage  as a sign of courtship to attract the female peacocks. Male birds are just as fascinated by jewellery and sparkles as female humans are – in fact the Magpie is notorious for it!

A friend of mine once said something to me which I will always remember. He said “women are beautiful creatures, diverse, unpredictable, complex and passionate. The very least a man can do is admire them for all that they are and represent – buying a special piece of jewellery is a way of doing that.”

I personally think that jewellery can make a women feel special, loved and beautiful. There are so many intricate jewellery designs available today with such a staggering amount of choice that one can’t help but admire and appreciate the workmanship, plus these days silver jewellery in particular is available at such a low price it is possible to own several pieces and keep adding to the collection. Or……is that just that a natural female response?

What are your theories behind this fascination?

Should I Buy Costume Jewellery?

Costume jewellery is often made up of non-precious alloys, generally silver or gold plated, along with or without beads and gems. This type of jewellery continues to be very popular all over the world for hundreds of years. The Ancient Egyptians are acknowledged to have worn ornamental handmade necklaces and Cleopatra is most likely among the list of original wearers involving exactly what we at present label costume jewellery. In recent times the people from the Central and Northern areas of Europe became highly skilled at creating delicate designs with glass beads. Nevertheless, beading used in this style of jewellery is not only limited to glass.

Quite a number of elements are usually utilized to help to make beads such as wood, jet, gemstones, pottery, metals, ceramic, coral, animal horn, tortoiseshell and real and fake pearls. A few contemporary elements which include plastics, nylon material and also thermoplastic alternatives are sometimes also utilized to create these beads. Costume jewellery might be vintage, period, or perhaps modern and there are many collectors of each variety of this jewellery, e.g. Venetian glass variants of costume jewellery are extremely collectible in addition to simply being extremely desirable for people to wear.

Cleaning your jewellery is extremely straightforward, however it ought to be undertaken regularly to prevent discolouration. Simply employ a mild washing liquid mixed in normal water to keep ones costume jewellery in good condition.

It is recommended never to bathe your jewellery for extended periods and ensure that you dry it completely in advance of storing it. You can get anti-tarnish papers for the purpose of wrapping your jewellery inside, prior to you putting it away for long periods of time, but nonetheless, routine care is the foremost safeguard against tarnishing. The discolouration of costume jewellery is typically a result of the metal reacting with the oxygen and oxidizing.

Sadly, there are a large number of people who find that they can’t put costume jewellery next to his or her skin area, which is as a result of the level of sensitivity to the metals used. It is important to make sure that anyone who you might be purchasing the jewellery for will not be hypersensitive to nickel or copper, especially with pierced earrings.

Costume jewellery may well look lovely and, especially in the case of modern day creations, may possibly be inexpensive, but it is not suitable for all to wear. For many people an item of costume jewellery could be the very first type of jewellery they may have donned so it is crucial that you watch out for signs of a reaction, particularly after continuous instances of use. Frequently persons will not exhibit a reaction if they don the jewellery for just a limited length of time which can be an easy way to prevent any kind of soreness. You can even get hold of a special covering material which you put on the rear of the particular item of jewellery to shield the skin from developing one on one exposure to the material.