STORIES ABOUT JEWELLERY

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Tiaras had long signified the rank of the person who wore them. At first, only monarchs were allowed to wear them. In the 19th Century, it became more common for others to wear them for special occasions such as weddings.

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Thanks to the evolution of gem cutting in the 17th century, the beauty and the brightness of diamonds approved. From than, diamonds took a central place in ornaments for the first time. It had a long secondary role, surrounded by coloured gemstones, and designated an indicator of power and magical forces. Now, the diamond would become the most precious gems.

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Fashion and jewellery have always been complementary and this since centuries. The use of gemstones, the length of necklaces or earrings do have their reason to be created.

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Kayo Saito jeweller

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In history, only 3 facts are breaking up and destroying historical jewellery. These are war, poverty and fashion.
Princess Caroline Bonaparte

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A parure or jewellery set, like here above, is a set of matching jewellery mainly composed of a necklace, broche(s), earrings, pins, bracelets and even a tiara. If the necklace is missing, the matching jewellery is called a demi-parure. 

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A crown is a well defined head ornament that serves as a reward of prowess and a sign of honour and dominion. Only in Great Britain and at the Vatican is the crown still imposed during certain ceremonies.
lady with jewellery

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A stomacher or bodice, like here above, is an ornamental garment worn at the front of the upper body by men and women. It was very popular from the 15th until the 18th century. Only when women's fashion became less rigid, the bodice disappeared.

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The necklace was probably one of the oldest jewellery piece worn by men. First as conquest symbol, animal tooth or various shell beads were worn by men. Later beads in all kind of materials and colours were used as an adornment for women and men. With the discovery of different metals, the necklace knew an enormous development.

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A chatelaine is an ornament, which was often fasten to the belt or pocket, with chains, bearing hooks on which to hang small objects as watches, keys, seals, scissors and purses. In other words it was “the keeper of the Castle” or Chatelaine in French. The most opulent items were decorated with enamel and diamonds, while more common chatelaines were made of less precious materials.
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