The magnificent world of jewelry has always possessed the ability to capture the imagination of people. This statement is true in reference to the times as well as the epoch of renaissance. It is the precious samples of irresistible traditional jewelry of the 17th century that were so eagerly sought after by the daring pirates at the early times. Besides, at all ages, traditional ethnic jewelry that was very vigilantly safeguarded as a cherished family and passed on to successive generations. The tendency that prevails in modern jewelry history is somewhat different. Some of the traditions are still preserved, but our hectic age demands constant change without regrets.
It is a very challenging task to endeavor to document the development of ancient jewelry but it is very rewarding to read all the literature available about this issue. It is rather fascinating to trace the roots of ancient jewelry and to try to decipher the intricacy of designs and symbols embodied in the jewelry of ancient and middle Ages. By making this kind of research into the history of world jewelry it may even be possible to explain why jewelry that has been initially produced in various corners of the wide world, bear a distinct stamp of similarity.
The researchers in the area of traditional jewelry that have been also looking extensively into the matter have come to the conclusion that the similar features that jewelry worldwide can share are attributed to certain objective reasons. First of all, the researchers claim that producers of different ethnic jewelries were faced with the same challenges in terms of operating with certain materials. There were certainly some particular limitations due to different possibilities of a given materials. So is shouldn't be surprising that craftsmen all over the world came up with similar solutions to the existing problem of design and technology.
Therefore the items of ancient jewelry from one particular location may not be markedly different form those produced elsewhere.
Speaking about traditional ethnic jewelry it is necessary to mention the fact that the significance of any kind of ethnic considerably surpasses the aspect of its practical implementation (namely for the purpose of personal adornment). Traditional ethnic jewelry can be regarded as a reflection of the particular state of culture and national mentality as well as a way to make a certain statement, to express beliefs and ideas, feelings and emotions. The same can be safely said on the basis of evidence of modern jewelry history.
Ethnic jewelry is an incredibly favorable ground for research as it allows tracing the subtle connections of the materials used for jewelry production as well as the most popular designs, to the particular culture. In this respect modern jewelry history can be referred to as marked by a degree of uniformity, which can be attributed to world-ruling cosmopolitism.
Taking into consideration the fact that modern age is the time of rapid change that is drastically sweeping all constants, it is not surprising that modern jewelry history starting from the 20th century is marked by constant changes. The technologies of traditional jewelry are now being questioned by modern artists.
They enlarge the breathtaking scope of jewelry by even more articles, using new materials and techniques.