September 22, 2008 Off

Jewel – the word origin

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We all know to the word ‘jewelry’ and we used it when referring to pieces of personal ornament such as earrings, pendants, bracelets and more. Jewelry is usually made from precious metal like gold, silver or platinum and gemstones. But this is obviously not a rule. Variety defines jewelry design, trend and crafting materials. From toe rings to hair pins actually everything that adorns our body is called jewelry.

The interesting fact about jewelry is that even if we all know what it means, few of us know where it comes from or what originally meant. The word jewelry, as we understand it today comes from the 13th century French word ‘jouel‘, but originated in the Latin word ‘jocale‘, meaning plaything. In conclusion, jewelry was initially an accessory resulted from someone’s creativity and playfulness, maybe with no other value but to express ingenuity and originality.

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