And over millennia of time we have become ever more sophisticated with regard to the techniques and skill we bring to this incredibly old artform. That we have in the process despoiled the land and sometimes mortally harmed each other in the trek to find the rare, colorful, and shiny things we have made into our jewels, is not to be disputed. We have, and continue to do so, with little thought to the how and why. And so our quest for bright adornment is also bloodied and dark.
Like hats and headdresses, jewelry can, and does often lift to the arena of art; transcending time, and place, becoming in the process something fraught with history, and subtly layered meanings.
So lets just take a good look at a wide range of jewelry from far places and near. Sure, its important to never forget the loss and suffering that hides within so much of this dazzlement, but it does not remove its objective loveliness.
If you had the choice of it, what sort of thing would you wear about your neck, or on your head, or anywhere else for that matter?