Column / November 1999 / Jewelry

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November 1999 Jewelry

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Jewelry is something everyone has worn at one time or another. Wearing and making jewelry is also a common practice from the most primitive cultures to the most advanced. Let's take a close look at jewelry and discover the ancient purpose behind it.

It is no secret that throughout history noblemen, kings, and prominent leaders all darned all sorts of metals and stones on their body. One explanation for this behavior is to, perhaps, set the ruling body of a society apart from the common folk, so they could be easily distinguished from the rest of the population. However that aspect of wearing jewelry is just a by product of its real purpose.

One of the most early and documented uses of jewelry goes back to the Israelites when they were a nomadic tribe in the desert. The head priest wore a special breastplate, turban, and headband. These items were constructed in a very precise manner using various cloths, metals, and gemstones. This very sophisticated and precise construction was not for mere decoration. The various metals, stones, colors, and fabric was designed to help the priest keep a pure connection to his higher self and higher judgment. It also helped the priest ward off various negative energies and illnesses that were carried by the people he would come in contact with, while carrying out the various priestly duties. As you can see, this adornment was not only for decoration but served as a kind of energetic body armor to protect the priest and keep him as pure as possible. Another function of this breastplate was to channel positive energy. In many ways that early priest was like a big battery of positive energy, which was, at times, transferred to those people in the community that were in need.

Also scattered about in history is the wearing of the crown or some kind of head dress by a king or a leader. These head ornaments were not only a symbol of authority, but the act of wearing such things had a raising effect on the brow and crown chakra. The various stones, metals, and other items often placed in the head piece (or crown) helped the ruler to align these energy centers with his higher self and, in theory, keep him from making any incorrect decisions.

Even legends speak of amulets of great potency that when worn or used in a particular way give special powers to its wearer.

Gold was and still is a very common metal used to construct jewelry Gold has a very high vibration rate. On an unconscious level people are attracted to gold because it helps them to connect with that inner divine spark, by helping the wearer to vibrate at a higher frequency.

So as you can see jewelry has a hidden purpose: to help bring about inner change or two raise a person to a more stable or positive state. Today there is much esoteric knowledge on what the various metals and stones can do when worn on the body. And, when you take this knowledge and use it to bring about some needed change within yourself, jewelry (or more precisely the wearing of energy devices) can be a good ally in your personal evolution.

Till next time...

Additional sources of information for today's column:
Stones A to Z
The Chakras

Column TimeLine:

  • Old Stone Age: Stone Age people made jewelry in their cave dwellings. They fashioned amulets and necklaces of teeth and animal bones to ward off evil spirits.
  • Babylonian Times: Babylonian people learned to work with gold, and jewelry making it a craft. The Sumerian jewelers had their workshops within the temple grounds
  • Hebrew Times: The design for the breastpiece of Aaron, the high priest, appears in Exod. xxviii, 15, and was to have 12 gems--sardius (ruby), topaz, carbuncle, emerald, sapphire, diamond, jacinth, agate, amethyst, beryl, onyx, and jasper, all set in gold filigree.
  • Egyptian Period:The development of jewelry enamels, or cloisonné, and the production of magnificent gold and silver pieces.
  • Greek age: The ancient Greeks worked chiefly in enamel and filigree--gold or silver wire shaped into lacelike openwork.
  • Roman Empire: Jewelers added gems to gold and silver pieces. Enameling and heavy design characterized the elaborate Byzantine jewelry.
  • Medieval Period: Nobles delighted in jeweled religious objects, and in robes and gloves sewn thick with gems. In the brilliant, florid days of the Renaissance, jewelry designs were made by such great artists as Dürer in Germany and Botticelli, Ghiberti, and Cellini in Italy.
  • 19th Century: Technology enters the jewelry bandwagon. Several experimenters successfully produce artificial reproductions of rare stones, such as the ruby. This action later sparks the use and creation of Costume Jewelry that is so prevalent today.