The word jewelery is derived from the word jewel, which was anglisised from the Old French “joule” in around the 13th century.
Jewelery is one of the oldest forms of body adornment, and is made out of almost every material known and has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings and many more types of jewelery. While high-quality and artistic pieces are made with gemstones and precious metals, less-costly costume jewelery is made from less-valuable materials and is mass-produced.
The proportion of gold in jewelery is measured on the carat (or karat) scale. Pure (carat) gold is too soft to be appropriate for everyday wear; therefore, gold jewelery is made of a mixture of gold and other metals (such as silver, copper, nickel and zinc). Because gold manufacturing uses gold from multiple sources, it is not possible to identify whether an item of gold jewelery is made from recycled or new gold.
Jewelery is normally stamped with a marking to show the type of gold. A hallmark also allows your jeweler to quickly identify what carat your jewelery is if you have to take it for repair or alterations. A professional valuation is an important safeguard if your jewelery is lost, stolen or damaged for many reasons. It provides proof of ownership in the happy event that the jewelery is recovered. Photographing your jewelery is a further safeguard in the event of loss or damage.
Most gold jewelery is now imported with Italy, Turkey and India being among the major suppliers. Indian costume jewelery has the advantage of being trendy while being affordable for most people.
For those who suffer an allergy to gold and other metals, platinum jewelery is non-allergenic, compatible with all skin types.
Diamonds, long considered the most prized of gemstones, were first mined in India. Diamonds are the most valuable and treasured stone.