Jewelry is the word used for small objects often of materialistic or personal value worn on the body or clothes as embellishment. Typical jewelry is rings, brooches, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The oldest jewelry found is over 100.000 years old and was made of shells. Today, the typical materials for jewelry are metal and metal alloys decorated with precious gem-stones such as diamonds but also glass, bones, pearls and ivory. The metals gold, platinum, titanium, silver and bronze are most popular for jewelry. Jewelry can be worn for religious reasons such as the Christian cross or the Jewish David star, to show social status or wealth, affiliation with a social group or for functional reasons such as broaches or buckles.
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