We often associate jewelry with race and culture. In truth, and this has been documented time and again thanks to hundreds of archaeological finds, jewelry or ornamentation is a form personal expression in all cultures, regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs.
A distinction does exist, however, in that different cultures and persons of different beliefs also have specific rules regarding personal ornamentation. These rules range from personal fancy and preferences to religious dictates.
Self-ornamentation also served as a means to express wealth and social status. Presumably, no one sat around a great table to decide, “From now on, we shall wear necklaces to show off our wealth and status.” More likely, jewelry and ornamentation as a sign of status have occurred spontaneously over time.
To be continued…