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Jewellery From Around The World: Building A Meaningful And Unique Jewellery Collection

February 11, 2021 Lifestyle News No Comments

Chandelier earrings, chain necklaces, and baubles are some of the biggest jewellery trends for this spring. Around the world, jewellery of all shapes and styles has been a form of self-expression and individual style for centuries. Collecting jewellery from your own international travels is a great way to build a unique and stylish collection that also has sentimental value.

Define your personal style

Putting together a beautiful jewellery collection inspired by your travels should first involve defining your own personal

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style — whether it be modern, vintage, minimalist, or big and bold. So think about favourite pieces you already own and the style you’re most drawn to. Also make sure your collection has a few basic pieces you can already wear with your everyday outfits (for example, diamond studs, a solitaire necklace, and stackable rings). From there, you can then expand your collection with statement pieces from your travels around the world.

Finding traditional pieces

Every country has its own unique jewellery significant to its culture and history. For example, traditional Irish jewellery is heavily inspired by Celtic culture. You’ll typically find pieces featuring ancient symbols that represent love, life, and unity. Claddagh rings, in particular, date back from the 17th century and consist of a pair of hands holding a crowned heart. The heart represents love; the hands represent friendship, and the crown represents loyalty. Alternatively, if you’ve been to India, you’ll know that Indian jewellery heavily incorporates bright gemstones and metals. Markets are often packed with jewellery shops, while bangle carts bring a mobile shopping experience to villages. When it comes to traditional Indian jewellery, you have plenty of choices. The Mangalsutra, for example, is a beautiful necklace that roughly translates to “holy thread”. Designs vary, but typically feature black and gold. Additionally, Jhumka earrings come in either circular or conical shapes, and often feature semi-precious stones like rubies, emeralds or sapphires. Bunches of glass, metal and plastic bangles are also popular in Indian culture.

Buying gemstones abroad

Purchasing gemstone jewellery abroad makes for a great souvenir. First, research specific stones mined in the country you’re in, along with their typical size, shape, quality and treatment. You’ll then be better prepared to talk to sellers and find the stones you want. Ask the seller if the stones have been treated. Treatment is commonplace, and acceptable if disclosed and stable. You may also want to ask about the cut, colour, and clarity: the seller should explain how these aspects influence the price. Always shop around, and take time to think before making a final purchase. Don’t be afraid to bargain, which is an acceptable practice in most countries. Also, make sure there are no customs restrictions on the specific gemstone you’re interested in.

Each and every country has its own distinct traditional jewellery. Collecting unique pieces from your travels is a great way to build a stylish and meaningful personal jewellery collection.

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