Bangle, bauble, gem, ornament, trinket, charm, finery, frippery, regalia – no matter what you call it, we love it. It's as old as the human race itself. We've come a long way since the ancient seashell, bone and animal tooth beads dating back as far as 100,000 BC. Gold, copper and gemstones came on to the scene between 4,000 and 2,500 BC. Jewelry was a luxury reserved for royalty and high nobility during the Dark Ages, and medieval jewelry was mostly worn for religious ceremonies. But ultimately it made its way to the masses, becoming the contemporary fashion accessories of modern-day civilization.
We could sit here and drone on and on about what different types of jewels exist and why you should give the gift of jewelry to your (fill in the blank: significant other, child, parent, relative, friend) but instead we'd rather continue on with this 'ed-jewel-cation' and provide you with some fun facts. The first engagement ring was given in 1477; the 'ring finger' was thought to contain a vein that led directly to the heart; birthstones are said to have magical powers, ward off evil, and help cure illness; the largest diamond is 545.67 carats; the most expensive watch cost $3.3 million; ancient men often wore jewelry for status and good luck in battle; you can make a 60-mile wire out of a single ounce of gold; and finally the word 'jewelry' comes from the Old French word 'joaillerie' meaning joy and gladness. So bring some joy and gladness into your life and go out and find some pretty, shiny, sparkly doodad to adorn at one of Rehoboth Beach's many fine jewelry stores.