Jewelery, in the most modern and used sense, is defined as the processing of precious metals and at least one type of gemstone to create something, usually a gem or something wearable. The value of this type of object is closely related to that of the raw materials used but it also affects the whole working process and other factors.
For thousands of years, jewelry has also been used as a source of real wealth, since its value is usually very stable, often associated with high economic and status symbols, and also determines ethnic, cultural and religious affiliation.
The term “modern” was born roughly at the beginning of the Enlightenment, a historical context that allowed a new cultural and artistic flourishing, which combined with increasingly sophisticated processing techniques, contributed to making these objects more important and desirable. Indeed, since the eighteenth century many methods related to the type of manufacturing used have been born. Historical context is usually identified with a “movement”: Georgian (1714-1837), Victorian (1837-1901), Belle Epoque (1890-1915), Art Nouveau (1890-1910), Edwardian (1901-1920), Art Deco (1920-1935) and Retro (1935-1940).
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The value of jewelry is not as “fixed” as the value of gold or silver, but rather gains value based on orders.
There may be several factors that raise the price such as:
- The purity of precious metals and gemstones (the value of the minerals is shown in a small inscription)
- The type of gemstone, their rarity and also the cut, and whether they are finely set or set.
- If the treatment is done by hand or through the use of tools.
- If the gem is part of a famous brand and above all if it bears symbols that identify a particular series.
A “branded” gem is usually worth much more than the “simple value” of minerals and gemstones.