People started using jewelry over 100,000 years ago, such as a bracelet made from an eagle's talons was discovered in Croatia in 2013. Even before the discovery of precious metals and gems, humans have been adorning themselves with ornaments. Throughout history, jewelry has been worn as a symbol of one’s social rank, aside from its cosmetic function. In Victorian England for example, usually upper-class women wore jewelry.
The history of Traditional Indian Jewellery is as old as Indian History! The word jewellery originates from the Latin word "jocale", meaning plaything. 5000-7000 years ago during Ramayana & Mahabharata times was when jewellery and the art of wanting to beautify oneself was popularised. Traces of beaded jewellery can be found back to 1500 BC during the Indus Valley Civilization.
The great merit of gold is precisely that it is scarce; that its quantity is limited by nature; that it is costly to discover, to mine, and to process; and that it cannot be created by political fiat or caprice.”
The possibility of tracing jewelry’s historic itinerary derives primarily from the custom, beginning with the most remote civilizations, of burying the dead with their richest garments and ornaments. Plastic and pictorial iconography—painting, sculpture, mosaic—also offer abundant testimony to the jewelry worn in various eras.