In many cultures, Jewellery is used as a temporary body modifier
Earrings are form of body modifications, as they are accommodated by creating a small hole in the ear. At Padaung in Myanmar place womenís wear large golden rings around their necks. From as early as 5 years old, girls are introduced to their first neck ring. Over the years, more rings are added. In addition to the twenty-plus pounds of rings on her neck, a woman will also wear just as many rings on her calves too. At their extent, some necks modified like this can reach 10-15 inches long.
In some cases, hooks or even objects as large as bike bars being placed into the recipientís skin. Although this procedure is often carried out by tribal or semi-tribal groups, often acting under a trance during religious ceremonies, this practice has seeped into western culture. Most often, these hooks are used in conjunction with pulleys to hoist the recipient into the air. This practice is said to give an erotic feeling to the person and some couples have even performed their marriage ceremony whist being suspended by hooks. Lip plates are worn by the African Mursi and Sara people, as well as some South American peoples.
Care for Antique Gemstones
Gemstones are a valuable part of any piece of antique jewellery. Common sense is the best preventative measure when caring for any antique gemstone. Although the metal components of ornaments often receive the most attention, gemstone care is equally as important.
Hairdryers should never be used to dry freshly-cleaned gemstones, and no pieces should ever come in contact with chlorine. It is crucial to protect antique jewellery as a whole, in order to maintain as much value as possible over time.
Diamonds are in many colors
The color range of diamonds is amazing and has all the shades from light pink to deep pink, yellow to brown, indigo to dark purple, hues of green and blue. In the past, the brown diamonds were considered to be of lesser value than the other colors because jewellers did not think that consumers would find them attractive. If you are interested in buying your first diamond, you have joined the millions of people who appreciate the beauty of this beloved gemstone.
While diamonds exist in every imaginable color, some colors are more common than others. However, thanks to a few clever designers, brown diamonds are currently one of the most popular trends in the jewelry industry. One of the reasons why brown diamonds are so popular is that they will coordinate with almost any type of outfit. They are also elegant enough to be worn with eveningwear, and casual enough to go with a pair of blue jeans. The blue diamond is another popular variety. As a result, they have a much higher price than the brown and yellow variants.