Jewelry is very important and useful. It is a major part of a person’s attire that compliments their dressing and helps them dazzle and showcase their looks.
Jewelries make up an important part of fashion and the fashion industry in general, and every year, they bring in billions of dollars in revenue for this industry globally. Examples of jewelry include necklaces, rings, bracelets, bangles, anklets and so many others. Different types of materials are used in creating all these pieces across the globe, and sometimes, these materials may feature gemstones or items such as stones which influence the jewelries’ prices.
THE FUNCTION OF JEWELRY
Jewelry has different functions, and they include the following:
- They compliment a person’s dressing
There is a saying that states that how a person dresses is how they will be addressed. We see applications of this saying all around us, based on the care people take when it comes to what they wear, how they wear it and when they wear it (regardless of whether or not they have heard the saying, because the simple truth is that many of us may have heard something similar; especially when we pay close attention to society’s inputs on these things).
Whether you’re deeply fashion-conscious or not, the way you look matters. And the right kind of jewelry will help to accentuate or fine-tune that look. No matter what your personal style is, there is often a type of jewelry that would suit your look perfectly, and help you portray yourself the way you wish to be addressed.
- They indicate status and class
The kind of jewelry a person wears can be used as an indicator of their status and wealth. This is because simple jewelry pieces made from inexpensive materials are generally regarded as cheap or inexpensive. Therefore, individuals that wear them, particularly at important events, are often seen to be of modest means. On the contrary, individuals that wear very expensive and intricate jewelry pieces, made from rare and relatively costly materials, at the hands of renowned individuals or jewelry brands, are usually thought to be very fashionable and classy. They may also be readily assumed to be individuals of sizable means.
While these assumptions are not necessarily true or always the case, they do influence the way people who wear certain type of jewelry may be addressed by others in a social gathering; as people who wear expensive ones, particularly from luxury brands, may be seen to be richer than those who wear less expensive ones.
- They may indicate a person’s personality
Much in the same manner, people that wear a lot of natural stones and colorful crystals on their person may be perceived as being artistic or creative; particularly when their clothes are also made majorly or entirely of natural fibers. Such people may be viewed as being naturalistic or earthy, upon first contact with them; before they even say a word. This is because their jewelry – which compliments their attire – has spoken for them and has given people a perception of who they really are. Therefore, it is not unusual for most people to think that people that tend to couple their attires with a lot of natural stones – with significance and meanings which are important to them – are actually in tune with nature; may be deeply artistic, free-spirited and may perhaps be interested in certain things like zodiac signs and Wicca.
Also, those who have no qualms rocking old and vintage jewelry, regardless of current fashion trends, may be seen to be unique and decisive; because they usually know what they want, and what they like and are not concerned about how others may view them as outdated or classical because of their jewelry choices.
- They may influence how a person is perceived.
Additionally, individuals who wear bold, unique pieces may feel a deep need to stand out or may actually feel a lot different from others on a deeply personal level; while those who would rather invest in small and simple jewelry pieces may actually be more self-assured and self-confident, with a stable ego and very little need to draw attention to themselves (regardless of how cheap or expensive their jewelry is). This proves that beyond the price tag of a person’s jewelry choices, the type and size of the pieces also go a long way in forming a perception of their personality in other people’s minds (as well as their own, particularly when they stare at their reflection in the mirror). Many of these perceptions may be formed subconsciously however, some individuals pay close attention to detail, and may pick up on these nuances easily. Therefore, a person’s choice of jewelry or sense of fashion in general, is very important.
- Jewelry may indicate certain aspects of a person’s culture.
There are a lot of cultures in the world, and jewelry is something that cuts across most, if not all of them. The type of jewelry a person wears, and even the absence of jewelry, may go a long way in indicating what culture a person belongs to, and what phase of life the person is currently going through. For example, in ancient, biblical Hebrew tradition, a slave who wishes to continue serving his master after the set time of his freedom usually has their ear pierced to indicate this decision.
Certain jewelry may also be used to indicate marital status and show that a person is married (i.e. especially when a person wears a ring on the fourth finger of their left hand, or certain kinds of necklaces in countries such as India).
IS JEWELRY NONSENSE?
Although, there are some people who do not care for jewelry or think much about them, it is very difficult to say that jewelry is nonsense. This is because in a lot of instances, it actually does make sense; e.g. a marriage band makes sense to people that see it and wearing an ankle chain on a particular leg makes sense in certain cultures. And even beyond the borders of culture, an individual’s personal taste in jewelry tends to say a lot about them; and this also is a type of sense, which some people would call the psychology of jewelry and personalities.
So, no. Jewelry, in general, is not nonsense. In fact, it may actually make a lot more sense than a lot of people think.