Jewelry History

Jewelry History

Jewelry History

Jewelry History

JWO Jewelers welcomes you to our monthly Jewelry History Article. 

Jewelry History and Vintage-Inspired Locket Necklaces

Jewelry History Articles are shared by us because of our love for Jewels. Jewelry was always a part of human culture. Even from the times when people first started using clothes and tools some 100,000 years ago, jewelry was produced from any materials that were available – stones, animal skins, feathers, plants, bones, shells, wood, and naturally made semi-precious materials such as obsidian. As the time went on, advancing technology enabled artisans to start taming metals and precious gems into works of art that influenced entire cultures and many modern jewelry styles.


However, even with all advancements of metallurgy and gem processing, the purpose of wearing jewelry always remained the same – they enabled a wearer to express himself non-verbally, showcase wealth, rank, political and religious affiliation or affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless and a target for constant development and refinement. The history of Jewelry is truly amazing indeed. 

Development of early jewelry can be roughly divided across three ancient civilizations – Egypt, India, and China. Egypt and Mesopotamia set standards in metallurgy, gem collecting, and glass manufacture. Their several thousand years long traditions of jewelry production laid a solid foundation for all European civilizations that came after them, and their unique style affected fashion trends even four thousand years later.

So Here Are Our Jewelry History Facts & Our Story! 

JWO Jewelers has been in business since 1986, since that time so many advances have occurred. JWO actually uses a 3D Cad System to create custom pieces with their clients. This is how it all began. 

Krist Hochburger – The Designer & Jewelry Expert – Owner at JWO Jewelers 

Krist has been working in the jewelry business since he was 11 years old where he began assisting his dad with minor repairs. Krist, a graduate of Stewart’s international school for jewelers, has the unique ability to understand and create exactly what you wish for.

With his extensive knowledge of design and gemstones, he can craft you a one of a kind family heirloom in his custom design center equipped with CAD/CAM design equipment. Read more about Krist

Heidi Hochburger Hattemer – Consultant & Co-Owner at JWO Jewelers

Heidi is the Business Manager and will gladly assist you with all your Jewelry Appraisal, Jewelry Repair, and  Jewelry Design needs. If you are looking to purchase a special gift, Heidi can help you find the perfect one for any occasion, while respecting budget and taste. Read more about Heidi

Ask us about Von Hoch Designs. A Special Collection of Jewelry by Krist Hochburger 

Back to Jewelry History…

India managed to develop such a connection to jewelry that it became an integral part of their daily life and religion. Since they were the first who managed to conquer the art of gold gathering and processing, they developed an art of jewel making much earlier than anyone in their environment.

That process made them one of the most sought destinations for trade, which eventually became the driving force for the incredible expansion of European civilization during the Age of Discovery. On the far side of the world, China managed to become a driving force in developing of arts, and their influence slowly spread their unique style across entire Asia. Chinese style that is focused on scenes of nature, animals, and dragons is today still in high popularity and continues to be developed with each passing year.

Jewelry History

Jewelry History

Thousands of years of advancement enabled jewelry to spread from the particular art form of the precious to the common personal items of adornment, which are today used by everyone around the world to express themselves in various visual fashionable ways. Click Here for more JHistory Articles.

Jewelry History Facts

Facts about jewels are numerous and impressive. Created during their constant presence through the history of our race, they were one of the pivotal driving forces of expressing our culture, fashion and individuality.


After the fall of Ancient Egypt and Roman Empire, Europe became the driving force of jewelry innovation. However, it took a long time until they managed to claim that position. After almost thousand years of isolation, famine, plagues, and wars, Western Europe finally came into contact with distant civilizations during Crusades which enabled the flow of new knowledge and ideas that allowed the birth of Renaissance.

As the transfer of wealth from nobility, royalty, and the church continued to flow to middle classes during Renaissance, Age of Discovery and Industrial Revolution, jewelry designs, and fashion trends changed dramatically. During those times world saw the appearance and disappearance of many styles, some new and original and some based on older designs found in the ruins of long gone civilizations (mostly Egyptian, which became one of the inspirations of Romanticism and Art Deco).

After more than 100.000 years of use of decorative items, and more than 6 thousand years of metallurgy and gem processing, we can surely say that jewels will forever remain an integral part of humanity and our entire civilization. 

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I hope you enjoy this wealth of information and come visit us for all of your jewelry needs including your antique and vintage jewelry repair needs.  Contact us at 770-552-9235 or simply schedule your appointment online

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