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Jewellery (Jewelry in American spelling) represents
ornamental objects worn by persons, typically made with gemstones
and also with precious metals. Costume
jewellery is made from less valuable materials. However,
jewellery can and has been made up of almost every kind of material.
The word is derived from the word "jewel",
which was anglicized from the Old French "jouel" in
around the 13th century. Further tracing leads back to the Latin
word "jocale", that means plaything.
Some cultures have a practice of keeping large amounts of wealth
stored in a form of jewellery. Jewellery
could also be symbolic, as in the case of Christians wearing a
crucifix in a form of jewellery, and, as is the case in many Western
cultures, married people wearing a wedding ring.
Jewellery in its various forms had been made
and worn by both sexes in almost every (if not every) human culture,
on every inhabited continent. Personal adornment seems to be a
basic human tendency.
Types of Jewelry
- Hair ornaments
- Head ornaments
- Legs and Feet