In today’s society life has become very fast paced, we live in a world where people are chasing power, money and success. No one has time to stop and enjoy life; everyone is too concentrated in moving forward asking themselves, what’s the next step?

In contrast, the role of the artisan is quite the opposite; they lead a harmonious and peaceful life, which in itself promotes meditation and reflection. As they develop the art of jewelry, which has long attracted humans for its fascinating beauty, the artisans achieve personal satisfaction in their work. Along with this art comes great dedication, planning and talent, as well as a unique partnership with nature. A lot of time and effort goes into finding, mining, polishing, cutting and selecting the gemstones that will later be used to create lifelong pieces. Unfortunately only a select few know this, most of the time this goes unnoticed by the average person who only sees the finished piece through a glass case.

The English Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) founded in 1852, is a great example of the importance of preserving historic jewelry from ancient times to the present day. It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design showcasing over 3,000 jewels, which tell the story of Europe. The museum contributes to the public understanding and importance of human culture throughout the ages.

Amongst the most famous pieces displayed at the museum are: Jeweled pendants belonging to Elizabeth 1, diamonds worn by Catherine Great of Russia, Tiaras and Ornaments given to Empress Josephine by Napoleon, an enameled box with the diamond monogram of Tsar Nicholas II. It also showcases pieces provided by prestigious designers of New York, Paris, London and St Petersburg amongst others.

As Richard Edgcumbe jewelry curator at London’s V&A museum rightly said: “Jewels are a potent link with the past, a celebration of art and craftsmanship, and an embodiment of deep human emotions.”

The Tower of London, is yet another example of the preservation of jewels, which holds magnificent pieces such as Queen Victoria’s Crown consisting of 6,000 diamonds and an extraordinary selection of rubies and emeralds. This continues to show the importance of conserving and displaying art as a legacy for future generations to admire.

By yanam49

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