For centuries mankind has adorned clothing, hair and body with precious and semi-precious jewels as a symbol of wealth and status. The act of giving and receiving jewellery is so intrinsically linked with sentiment, that even today
certain social unions, such as the offer of marriage and the nuptials, are made complete with the exchange of rings.
It is perhaps therefore not a surprise to learn that jewellery, unlike any other category of sale, has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' and market following all of its own. While jewellery can hold impressive material value, in terms of precious stones and metal used, so too can it hold significant sentimental or historical value.
Created in response to changing fashion, jewellery is like a portal to the past in a way only matched by that of clothing. Consider the Victorian cut-steel brooch designed to dance by candlelight, the delicate Art Nouveau pendant worn low over hand-embroidered Edwardian lace, or the Art Deco dress clips attached to to the shoulders of bugle-bead dresses. Jewellery however prevails against time in ways that clothing can not, and what often remains from the past are such evocative pieces of precious art.