Jewelry in the history of mankind
Times and styles
In the Middle Ages, jewels were for the exclusive use of kings, rich merchants and nobles. France and England passed laws prohibiting ordinary people from using ornaments in metals and precious stones. These restrictions helped turn jewels into symbols of power, authority and wealth. They were also attributed magical powers that we see today represented in the medieval sagas of cinema.
The advent of the Renaissance meant the incorporation of more artistic details into jewelry, resulting in famous painters and sculptors delving into jewelry design. Technological advances and industrial production from the seventeenth century allowed the emergence of fashion trends and the concept of sets (several pieces of similar design). Already in the twentieth century, Art Nouveau gave jewelry the splendor of design, valuing forms and originality. ■