Jewellery can refer to a variety of different things to lots of people. The desire to wear jewelry is a tradition that dates back to the dawn of the human race. Modern jewellery is generally created and designed by the jewelry designer or the bench jeweller, usually without any connection to a specific significance. The design of today must be balanced and appealing to the eye, fashionable and, most importantly, unique. The most common starting points for designing a piece are the pearls or gems and the designer attempts to draw ideas from them, instead of thinking about what significance will the piece of jewelry have. However, this was not always the situation. Prior to the time when jewellery was used solely for ornamental purposes it was used for a variety of purposes. Some of these are still in use in the present.
- A charm or amulet as an amulet
- To identify a specific tribe and to distinguish the rank within the tribe
- To fulfill religious requirements