The History of Jewelry

The earliest jewelry known to mankind was created by Neanderthal living in Europe. Some 115,000 years ago, perforated beads made from tiny Nassarius sea shells were discovered in the Cueva de los Aviones, a cave located on the southeast coast of Spain. In Enkapune Ya Muto, Kenya, beads constructed from pierced ostrich egg shells were […]

Delicate Like Iron

In the period from the late 18th to the mid-19th century, what was known as iron jewelry was quite popular. It ranged from elaborate necklaces and bracelets to pendant earrings, brooches and even rings, filigreed like lace yet cast from iron. The pieces’ unobtrusive material, clear-cut formal idiom and somewhat inaccessible character reflect the values […]