The Origins of Jewelry

"Humankind's love of personal decoration must have its roots in the awakened concept of the self-image which developed in the unrecorded past. The first concrete evidence of body ornamentation is seen in the cave dwellers' wall drawings believed to be at least 20,000 years old. Since it is fairly safe to assume that the realization that parts of the body could support ornaments predated the idea that humans could represent themselves graphically, the use of ornaments must be even older."

- From Oppi Untracht on The Origins of Jewelry

Humans have used amulets in protection against the unknown, symbols in communication with our conscious and subconscious mind, and jewels in mapping the motivation and rotation of the cosmos. We have such a rich and deep rooted history with our own adornment, and I treasure that. Let's keep it alive.