Friday, February 15, 2008


Myths, folklore, and symbolism
Jewelry Precious ornaments, often set with gems, symbolize special status, power, and esoteric knowledge, but also material riches. In a negative sense jewelry represents vanity and the mere external appearance of all earthly things. Among many peoples the wearing of amulets as jewelry was regarded as having an apotropaic* effect. (Herder)

*intended to ward off evil

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