Okay Elliot - I’ll bite. I think the key is “transition into
something that can be called jewelry”. So, the definitions I found
are the following 3 that meet my criteria and are listed separately
below and numbered.
The first one is no doubt adopted by the vast majority of people.
The second one…any ornaments for personal adornment…is one
that I think may apply through the ages considering that the Indians
wore things made from tusks etc., and then the broad 3rd one which
defines jewelry as objects that are worn considered collectively.
This is indeed a broad subject and I think that of all the topics we
have discussed, this one will no doubt be swayed by what you as a
little one learned about jewelry from your family OR over time
defined for yourself either because you “bought” it or “made it”.
I grew up in a very poor family, so our “jewels” were often berries
strung, things handed down (may or may not have been gold and
silver), things our relatives gave us which were purchased “no
doubt” in the “dime” store. Nobody I knew as a kid had any money,
but then I was born in 1931 which was not the most robust time in
So, in my personal world, I’d define jewelry most likely as the
definition given in No. 2. Any ornaments for personal adornment, as
necklaces etc… and it doesn’t really limit the construction to
being done by experts or beginners, to being precious metals or
natural or manmade materials.
I think it’s going to be a relatively personal definition for most
people. And I’d find one hard pressed to limit jewelry just to gold
and silver and precious stones.
And of course, if you choose, you can get into what we now term “art
jewelry” etc… So there you have it. Some people simply “wear” “what
they like” and to heck with what others think. Some people “need” to
know that what they wear is expensive, genuine,etc. so they can
identify with that “class” of people. And some people enjoy defying
the masses and simply wearing what they want!
You have to decide where you fit and what you personally like to do.
There is a market for most everything these days - one just needs to
I am simply a very creative person, love to design using unexpected
elements, over my career “made” things defined by many as “upper
class and genuine” or as"arty" because I was an “arty” person It
simply boils down to “Who really cares anyway”. or “how much money
you have, need, want, etc.”
Okay, the 3 definitions I have referenced are as follows:
articles of gold, silver, precious stones, etc., for personal
any ornaments for personal adornment, as necklaces or cuff links,
including those of base metals, glass, plastic, or the like.
objects that are worn for personal adornment, such as bracelets,
rings, necklaces, etc, considered collectively
Kay Vontz, now retired from actively selling, but still make things
for grandkids, kids, and friends when I am in the mood. And as you
know, I am now 81, so my definitions of things (jewelry or whatever)
encompass a number of periods in history. Personally it doesn’t
really matter. You wear what you want and like (unless you are still
at the age where the opinion of others REALLY matters), call it what
you like, or don’t give it a name at all. It’s simply what you are
wearing for the day, event, etc…