Lifestyle: Cultural value of jewelry

Everyone who knows me know I love my jewelry and I couldn’t resist the urge to share this House of Fraser infographic showing the cultural value of jewelry in different cultures around the world.

 Did you know that in Thailand “the Padaung women wear (wore) close fitting brass rings around their neck to elongate it?” Well I don’t know about you but looks like a choking hazard to me but that’s tradition for them and I am all for respecting tradition. 

Did you also know that it is believed that the Egyptians inverted the idea of wearing the wedding ring on the left ring finger because the finger has vein connected directly to the heart. 


Not all of us appreciate the cultural value of jewelry because to most of us it’s just jewelry or material things with no significance but reading through this infographic it’s has been an eye opener. 

Did you know any of these ‘cultural value of jewelry’? 

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  1. July 20, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I found this fascinating – I dod know about Jade, and the Egyptians belief about the vein to the heart. Great post! Kaz x

    • July 22, 2016 / 9:34 am

      Thanks Kaz, its an amazing infographic

  2. July 20, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    This was such an interesting and informative post – I never knew anything about cultural jewellery x

    • July 22, 2016 / 9:55 am

      I am glad to hear it

  3. July 19, 2016 / 9:52 am

    I never knew wedding rings started in Egypt – you learn something new every day.

    • July 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      You certainly do

  4. July 19, 2016 / 12:37 am

    I only know brass rings in Thailand. All these are interesting. I love cultural travel so this kind of stuff interest me. 🙂

    • July 19, 2016 / 4:31 am

      How lovely, I am glad to have shared

  5. July 18, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I have jewellery that has cultural value too, some sapphires that represent my birth stone. I knew that the Egyptians believed a ring connected to the heart vein but still what a lovely sweet sentiment that has survived the test of time.

    • July 18, 2016 / 10:55 pm

      I know right, i love all these cultural values. Its such a nice lesson

  6. July 18, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Such a fascinating read! Love that some traditions have been appropriated across the world like the wedding ring worn on the left hand from Egypt and ear spacers from Thailand! Loved it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x
    http://www.fashiondujour.co.uk

    • July 19, 2016 / 4:25 am

      You’re most welcome and so true my favourite is the Egyptian one

  7. July 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    I love reading this! This was great and it was nice to read about the history behind jewellery etc 🙂

    Love the graphics too!

    • July 19, 2016 / 4:18 am

      You and me both, it was an interesting read

  8. July 18, 2016 / 11:49 am

    This was so interesting! I love the idea behind the wedding ring finger 🙂

    • July 18, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Me too and thanks

    • July 18, 2016 / 4:41 am

      Me too 😊

  9. May 25, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Such interesting information! I love that my engagement/wedding rings are ruby rings – now I can say they have more significance other than just being my birthstone!

    • May 25, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks Jessica

  10. May 25, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I’ve heard about the elongating the neck tradition. There are other cultures who still do it. This was very interesting!! Thank you.

    • May 25, 2016 / 6:51 pm

      For real, I can’t even imagine it but tradition is tradition

  11. May 25, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    I love this! It’s soo informational. I had no idea that gifting clocks were a huge no-no in Chinese culture or that the reason for wearing a wedding ring on your left ring finger came from Egypt!

    • May 25, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      I know right, glad I have never done it to my Chinese friends lol

  12. May 25, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I loved this post.It’s an absolutely lovely idea to research the culture and beliefs behind jewellery.

    • May 25, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks so much

  13. May 25, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Very interesting to see the cultural significance of jewelry elsewhere. Particularly the watch/clock in China.

    • May 25, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      I agree it’s very interesting

  14. May 25, 2016 / 9:30 am

    This was so interesting. I love how there is symbolism behind so many different types of jewelry.

    • May 25, 2016 / 10:44 am

      I know right it’s amazing

  15. May 24, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Wow! I loved reading this piece of information. Being Indian, we have significant charm towards birth stones. My birthstone is sapphire and I love wearing it not only as a birth stone but also as an accessory!

    • May 24, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      I am glad to hear that and thanks for stopping by

  16. May 24, 2016 / 8:07 am

    That was really interesting to read. I love reading anything about historical jewelry. xx

    • May 24, 2016 / 8:12 am

      I am glad to hear that

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