After spending a little time with some jewelry makers recently, it’s clear that artistic talent is a must for this vocation. Although technology has improved over the years, jewelry making borrows techniques from ancient days.
While jewelry can be (and is) made from a variety of metals, gold continues to be the primary choice today as it was in Egypt as far back as 3000 B.C. As then, this is because gold is rare, doesn’t tarnish and is malleable. That means that gold can be worked fairly easily. The word jewellery – jewelry in American English – is derived from the word jewel. This is the anglicized version from the Old French “joule.” Original word origins appear to be the Latin word “jocale,” meaning plaything.