Thursday, June 01, 2006

Dripping with Jewels

In her book Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present (World of Art) by Clare Phillips, we learn that different cultures throughout time as far back as the ancient Egyptians have cherished jewelry and partaken in personal adornment. The sophisticated assemblage of jewelry from the past is ours to ponder through personal effects including jewelry, that have been buried with the deceased, accentuating our presumptions of its importance to the owner. In past cultures, jewelry served as a dowry, the owner carrying their wealth around with them in the form of personal adornment.

With plastic and paper now serving as our mobile wealth, jewelry is less about being expensive than ever before, not that there is anything wrong with that. But today's concept of jewelry is more about self expression for those that are wearing it, and certainly for those that are creating it. Our concept of jewelry is as varied as the human imagination, from clay beads, glass, precious stones, and the use of metals from stainless steel to silver to gold, and even such space age metals as titanium, we have an endless selection to set our own personal style.

I personally enjoy having meaningful jewelry in my wardrobe to express myself visually about how I feel that day. I especially enjoy wearing “organic” jewelry, and by that I mean jewelry made out of more earthy things, such as clay and glass, but I also have some other cherished items that are more traditional that have been given to me through the years. Jewelry is an emotional thing, and even men are more inclined to wear it than in past decades.

At we have a number of talented artists making jewelry including: Glass artists Andrew Pollack, Laurie Ament and Braden Hammond, as well as Svetlana Howells, Rebecca Ottensmann, Leanne Soden, Jill Montesanto, and Deborah Thorpe. We invite you to visit our site and check out their beautiful work. --Ruth Mitchell

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