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Jewelry and the Treasure of Love and Tradition

Nov 30, 2007
Since the beginning of history, people all over the world have loved jewelry. There are many reasons why people wear jewelry. It is not only that jewelry looks beautiful thanks to the shine and the glitters. Jewelry offers far more than that. The important thing is that jewelry is also representative of one's wealth and power. Jewelry can be worn as rings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and even as earrings.

They can be a combination of different precious metals together with gems like rubies, jade, sapphires or diamonds. At times, jewelry consists of nothing more than the precious metal itself and precious stones are absent. Compared to older generations, who preferred gold, people nowadays have begun to go in for platinum jewelry combined with that most valuable and sought-after of gemstones -- the diamond.

However, jewelry is not always worn by people. Over the years, people have also been known to store jewelry like treasures because of the immense value that has been attached to it. The value of paper money may have decreased over a period of time. Yet, no such decrease has been seen in the case of the jewelry of the world. Even in times of war when paper money loses its value, jewelry can be pawned off or traded in exchange for other essential items.

In some nations, people don jewelry to ward off the evil eye or dangerous spirits.

Among the various kinds of jewelry available, the one that is most popular today is the diamond and platinum combination. You must have come across the old saying that "a diamond is a girl's best friend". This must be true in many ways, for it is now quite common to see couples nowadays make their wedding vows with gifts of diamond rings. In fact, the diamond-platinum combination is a big hit among couples.

This is because the metal and the stone complement each other very well. In fact, many view it as a perfect combination. The diamond is said to be everlasting. Thus, it is a symbol of the couple's everlasting love. Not only that, sometimes at upper class dinners, women adorn themselves with heavy diamond jewelry in the form of necklaces or earrings to complement their dinner gowns.

Of course, there is no escaping the fact that these are expensive rings. Sometimes, the prices can be as high as few thousand dollars. Some pieces even fetch millions depending on the quality of the jewelry or how many carats the diamond is. These rings are available in many different designs. One of the most popular of these is the heart-shaped diamond ring.

Because of the high demand for these ornamental treasures and the high price tags attached with them, diamonds were actually obtained illegally in several African countries. These illegally obtained diamonds were mined by warlords who took charge of the area. There was often a lot of fighting between factions leading to casualties. Hence, the term - "blood diamond".

No matter how you look at it, men and women will always have a weakness for jewelry. It will never fall out of favor even though there may be changes in times and traditions. I am sure you will agree with me when I say that even future generations will continue to adorn themselves with the beauty of jewelry.
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