Seeds, stones, bits of bone…colorful glass beads, precious gemstones, hand-wrought gold and silver. . .natural materials found close at hand or those acquired through trade, human beings have always expressed themselves through personal adornment.
Colorful materials enhanced physical appearance, exotic materials set them apart... combined, they could express superior status or may possibly possess magical properties to protect from illness or malevolent forces.
The variety of expression in this genre is as infinite as individual creativity itself. Click the buttons below to see inspired creations from Asia, Africa and the Americas...
Whether exploring as a vicarious pleasure or for personal consumption... Please take your time and enjoy the journey.