Jewelry Is History

I took a vacation recently around my favorite part of the world, the British Isles and Ireland. I expected to see castles and abbeys, visit museums and monuments and muse about all the peoples who have trod on English, Irish and Welsh soil through the ages. What I didn’t expect was to see so much jewelry or to become aware of how great a role it played in these countries’ histories. English, Irish and Welsh historians obviously regard jewelry as potent symbols of their heritage. This made me think of the great story jewelry retailers can tell about the product they sell. The symbolic nature of jewelry, its enduring value and its associations with powerful and famous figures of history seem almost like clichés. But they are valid and real reasons why customers continue to buy jewelry rather than other luxury products. When you see how much these very personal talismans have survive

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