‘The word “jewelry” is derived from the Latin word ‘jocale,’ meaning “plaything,” and the word jewel, which was anglicized during the 13th century from the Old French word “jouel.” The word “jewelry” (spelled jewellery in European English) is used to describe any piece of precious material (gemstones, noble metals, etc.) used to adorn one’s self’.
As the earliest Indian history the art of jewellery, jewellery making & jewellery design is more than 10000 billion years old.And these things (jewellery) used to decorative human body on daily wear or on other occasion or any other purpose, are called Aabhushan, Alankar, Aabharan or Daagina.
Nowadays, however, ‘Jewellery as a form of personal adornment’ holds true but it being a precious is not essential. Jewellery in earlier times was made from any material, usually, gemstones, precious metals like gold, silver, copper etc., beads or shells, some of these materials are even used today without a doubt and some of the materials that have been added in jewellery like platinum, sterling silver has increased its brilliance, but in this world of technology and rapidly changing fashion these are not the only materials from which jewellery is being made. Jewellery nowadays is even made from cheap materials like plastic, acrylic, wood, stainless steel, etc. the purpose is to look appealing. Factors affecting the choice of materials include cultural differences and the availability of the materials. Jewellery may be appreciated because of its material properties, its patterns, or for its designer look.