Material Beauty


For centuries, cultures from around the world have defined the concept of material beauty by different standards. Different cultures define the significance of materials, objects, and rituals concerning beauty, and image, in a variety of different ways. A specific color of material may represent a drastically different meaning, or significance from culture to culture. A specific material could have different meanings from one culture to the other. From silver, gold, platinum, and various other material objects, jewelery of beauty can be made. Culture to culture, society to society standards may change in meaning or status, or a particular families' power Beauty In Power within the culture.

Silver


Young ladies of various ages participate in one of many silver festivals each year
Young ladies of various ages participate in one of many silver festivals each year
From 55 different ethnic groups in china, one group, the Miao stand out as exquisite craftsmen with the arts of intricate embroidery, and an unbelievable, innate sense of detailed crafting of silver.
Within the Miao silver is seen to signify wealth, and power, as well as beauty.Silver is also seen as an elements fashioned into amulets, and charms that are believed to ward off evil spirits. A tradition rich in heritage, for over four hundred years, the Miao have made it a point to decorate themselves from head to toe with silver accessories. This collection of accessories is commonly reffered to as a set. For women of the Miao group, possessing a full set of silver is of such importance, that parents of females make it a point to save on food and other necessities in order to ensure that the female children are provided a complete set of silver.Nearly every piece of silver jewelry is handmade with incredible detail.These specially individually crafted pieces of sliver are worn on the young ladies' wedding day. This art of handcrafting has fascinated tourists so deeply it has created a collectors market for these exquisite pieces of silver.

Gold


In India, yellow is said to symbolize the sun as well as all it's powers, and gold is most definitely yellow. At festivals (usually held in t
Hindu women proudly display their affinity for  gold on a dailybasis
Hindu women proudly display their affinity for gold on a dailybasis
he spring) Indian people from all manner of sects gather to celebrate, eating yellow food, sprinkling yellow turmeric powder (an Indian spice used in a variety of dishes) over statues of gods considered to be associated with the respective festival. In Indian culture, gold is also a symbol of commitment, health and vitality. Indian weddings feature a ritual where the bride, and groom mark themselves with the pigment found within turmeric powder, then single women, widows, and children touch the bride, and groom to bring them good luck. Gold is considered a liquid equivalent for cash in India.Conversely gold is considered a safe way to diversify your investments securely. Gold is of great religious signifigance to the hindu people as well.The hindu god Brahma otherwise known as Hiranyagarbha is named from the inspiration of gold. As relative to Indian culture as gold is, toe rings are never made of gold. Gold represents the goddess of wealth, and fortune in Hindu history.Toe rings made from gold would be in very poor taste taking this fact into account.Golden toe rings would show great disrespect for the cultural belief as a whole. The gold possesed by Indian women is a treasured commodity of beauty passed from the generation to generation.

Pearls


"The pearl owes nothing to man. It is absolutely a gift of nature on which man cannot improve. (George Fredrick Kunz.) Pearls have been a symbol of beauty for about as long as man has been cracking open oysters. Early in history, man began to find these
pearls of the highest quality usually have a shiny, glossy, and multicolored covering
pearls of the highest quality usually have a shiny, glossy, and multicolored covering
wonderful round stones within this unique shellfish we call oysters. Once upon a time these oysters took on a single grain of sand into their soft inner anatomy. This single grain of sand over a period of time becomes a pearl, sometimes beautiful, sometimes not so beautiful. When a pearl is perfected, there is no denying the magnificent creation that has taken place. Oysters are said to have an amazing amount of patience to work a single grain of sand into such a wonder of nature. Surely this is not a rapid process. "Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir in a poor house as your pearl in a foul oyster."
(William Shakespeare.) The time it takes to make a pearl is obviously worth it to many cultures when it comes to beauty.Pearls may be worn on bracelets, in rings, on strands for necklaces, as well as other ornamental jewelry.

Diamond


A diamond is a precious stone that is commonly put into jewelry and piercings as an accessory to beauty. Diamonds tend to be refered to as being connected to love in some way. Someone being presented a diamond ring or who already has one tends to mean that person is engaged or already married. Diamonds are generalized to be in a sort of cone shape with angles cut into them as shown in the picture. This diamond shape is the one used in various forms of media be it in commercials or a visual aid for a newscast or presentation.
The standard cut and shape of a diamond.
The standard cut and shape of a diamond.
The clarity of diamonds tends to hold special meaning as it when not shown as clear is shown as a white or clear color to signify shine which grabs attention. The attention to the diamond's shine is thought to be connected to the beauty of the person who has it. The angles of the cuts can create rainbows in the proper light and even minuature ones inside the diamond adding to the appeal of the stone itself, however this is more easily seen with larger cut diamonds than smaller ones. This light refraction can also be seen with larger diamonds and normal light by casting out an inner pattern of light onto a surface which can include the skin or clothes of the person that is wearing diamond jewelry. Diamonds tend to be related to people with enough money to buy a diamond signifying a sense of wealth.

Jade



Jade is a term used to describe two types of stones, nephrite and jadeite. Nephrite tends to be more of a darker color until polished while jadeite tends to be much brighter. Jade is commonly considered to be a green gemstone but can also be other colors that include the primary colors, white, black, grey, and lavender ("What is Jade? Uses of Jade in Jewelry, Gemstones, Sculpture and Tools"). The green nephrite jade is the most common type seen or thought of when talking about jade. It has a distinctive green color and shines very easily making it very noticeable. Jade can also be found just about anywhere although it is most commonaly assumed that it all comes from China and therefore gets treated as an asain prodout. Jade, like diamonds, is used in all sorts of jewerly like rings, neclaces, and earings.
An assortment of Beladora jadeite jewlery.
An assortment of Beladora jadeite jewlery.
Unlike diamond however, jade is
considered in most places to be a lesser gemstone than diamond. In China however, Jade is regarded like diamond is in most other places as being a precious stone ("What is Jade? Uses of Jade in Jewelry, Gemstones, Sculpture and Tools"). Jade shines nicely with light either on it or coming from behind it.

Conclusion

Beauty, and image have been an important role in the social interactions of human organisms for several centuries. Certain materials stand out to certain cultures, as precious based on different perceptions of value, symbolism, or beauty.One cannot deny that beauty often is accompanied with great craftsmenship.whether for religious signifigance, monetary value, or beauty, precious stones, and metals will always be popular choices for beauty, and image. One also cannot deny that beauty often always comes with a price,







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