Jewelry has been used
as personal ornament throughout the ages and around the world. These small, intricate pieces of art and workmanship
are very complex and often fragile. Jewelry can be hand-made
or machine-made of a variety of materials including metals, class,
ceramics, bone, stone, shell, pearl, etc. Anthropologists suggest
the first ornaments were the by-products of a hunt such as vertebrae,
teeth, claws, and horns. Ancient and historic jewelry are often
made of metals (gold, silver, alloys), organic materials (teeth,
shell, pearls, etc.).
Jewelry is cared for by objects conservators
and by specialist jewelers who
have studied historic and ancient technology and materials.
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