The first sightings of jewellery on earth were seen prior to the times of human species. jewellery was first seen during the times of the Neanderthals. The first known piece of jewellery was found in a cave from just under 100,000 years old. It was made from Nassarius shells. These shells are commonly found near the Mediterranean ocean. Did you know that in the early times of jewelry, it was used as a way to protect themselves from danger? Some jewellery such as the famous Egyptian ankh necklace was made to ward off evil. Some cultures to this day still carry on the tradition, however it’s not as common as they did in the early ages. In today’s world we see it as a form of adornment. Jewellery has been a part of humans lives since the beginning of time and the industry continues to prosper to this day. In earlier periods, jewellery was made from pearls, ancient stones and bones of animals. In society today, we see luxury jewellery made from pearls, diamonds and gemstones. There are three main types of jewellery seen in the industry today. Let’s take a look at the trends of jewellery in 2020.
In the upcoming trends this season we are going to be seeing very colourful jewelry, the use of pearls, and necklaces that are chunky. Shying away from the theme of gold and silver, colourful jewellery has made it back on the runway. From earrings to necklaces, a variety of bright colours are seen throughout the styles today. These bright colours of jewellery add brightness to the outfit and add a “pop” of colour to catch the eye. The real emerald gemstone dates back to 3500 BC in Egypt. They were mined by the Egyptians and are still seen in jewellery today. Gemstones are one of the many stones that can be found in these trends today. These colorful pieces of jewelry are worn with outfits that are more simple with little to no pattern. This is done to let the jewellery be the centre of attention of the outfit. This colorful jewelry doesn’t necessarily need to be real gemstone, you can purchase colorful jewellery in retail stores like Zara or H&M.
Pearls are coming back and are all over the runway this season. A pearl is the only gemstone that comes from a living organism. It is composed of calcium and created through an oyster. To this day, it is believed that there is only one percent of naturally made pearls on earth. They are one of the rarest pieces of jewellery on planet earth. This year, pearls have been seen in styles that were not very common the past. As you can see in the image above, the model is wearing a dangling pearl earring rather than the usual pearl stud. Did you know that pearls are symbolic of purity and integrity? They are intended to resemble the person’s innocence. A pearl also promotes healthy skin. For those who are always tense or nervous, they are often told to wear a pearl stone to soothe the mind. There are many ancient theories that claim pearls have an effect on our health both mentally and physically. In the fashion world today, pearls are made into many different kinds of jewellery rather than just the long pearl necklace and stud earrings. Pearls this season are worn as chokers, headpieces and dangling earrings. Real pearls can be found at luxury retailers like Swarovski.
The Chunky Necklace:
In the early years of jewellery, chunky necklaces were worn to showcase wealth and prosperity. Large chunky necklaces are a making a huge come back in 2020 and you don’t need to be well-off to afford one. These chunky necklaces can be worn with many different kinds of outfits. Have an outfit that is too simple? Spice things up with a chunky necklace. This will dress up the outfit and make it look more chic. Chunky necklaces can also be added to a fancier outfit. It’s important to understand that the chunky necklace is the statement piece in the outfit. As long as you pair it with garments that are simple and not too colorful, a chunky necklace can work for you to add more elegance and class to your look.
Jewellery has been a part of many cultures for thousands of years. From traditional to modern jewellery, the industry has influenced the fashion industry and continues to prosper in rare stones and even everyday costume jewellery. There are many different varieties of jewellery that have been inspired by tradition in many cultures and are created with the intention of discovering a new piece of jewellery. These adornments are cut into many shapes and sizes that play an immense part in the way an outfit is styled. With the trends of the season, there are enough styles for everyone to experiment with. Who knows what new pieces of jewellery will be discovered in the future?
By: Melania Cammalleri