Anything obtained from living organisms and had carbon compounds is known as organic, and the jewelry made from the dead remains of the organisms or their products are considered organic jewelry.
The prehistoric humans used to decorate their bodies. At that time, precious metals were not discovered and the people decorated themselves with a variety of organic jewelry, such as shells, fish bones, mammoth tusks, wood, or anything that they consider to be an adornment. Later, they started to give a shape to the animal bones and elaborated their jewelry forms.
Today, organic jewelry is made in a variety of forms using modern technology and designs, and hence, organic jewelry has developed a significant role in the fashion industry. Some of the organic jewelry is given below: –
Pearl is found in the depths of the sea and is produced by a living organism called the mollusk or the clam and the oyster. Nowadays it is hard to find real pearls because they are very rare and valuable. Pearls are found under the sea in different shades such as cream, pink, gold black, and purple. The color of the pearl depends on the organic pigments found in secretion.
It is a versatile gem and can be used in many jewelry pieces such as necklaces, bangles, rings, brooches, nose pins, bracelets, tiaras, and can also be used to decorate belts, bags, and slippers. Earrings are made with single big pearls and hoops can be decorated with different colored pearls and pearl pendants are the most lovable necklaces. Pearl jewelry can be worn with most outfits and is never out of fashion. There is a variety of jewelry made of pearl which works well with traditional as well as modern outfits.
Like pearls, corals are also found in the sea and it is a skeletal remain of microscopic sea animals called polyps. Corals are found in different colors such as black coral, red coral, pink coral, and gold coral, the value and cost of the coral are based on the availability and the color of the coral. Coral jewelry is very graceful and pleasing. Corals are mostly used in jewelry pieces, such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, etc.
Bone, Tusk, And Horn Jewelry
In ancient times, people used to wear jewelry made from the bones and horns of dead animals. They collect bones and horns of the animals and put them in a string to make a necklace, bracelets, hair jewelry, etc. These jewelry pieces were common for both men and women; women also used to pierce their noses and ears with sharp animal horns. These jewelry pieces are continuously worn by tribal groups all over the world. Bone and horn jewelry has become a style statement in today’s fashion industry. Bone jewelry pieces are white and off-white due to the presence of calcium carbonate, while horns are always in colors like black, gray, or dark brown.
On the other hand, tusk jewelry is made from the tusks- ‘an elongated, greatly enlarged tooth especially that protrudes from the closed mouth as in elephant, walrus, or warthog. Elephant tusks are the strongest, ivory-white, and very large, these are valued the most and the cost is very high. But people started to kill animals for their tusk due to which the information about tusk offered least.
Bamboo is a tall-tree like grass and is lightweight, naturally hollow, and has a natural shine on its surface. Bangles, earrings, necklaces are some jewelry pieces that can be made from bamboo. The color of bamboo varies from light green to yellow and sometimes black color is also spotted or striped on it but it is very rare and valued the most. There is a natural variation of design on it, hence it is very difficult to make identical pieces of jewelry.
Shell jewelry pieces are versatile and affordable. The shell comes in amazing glossy colors of the rainbow from the sea. You can easily turn your beautiful seashell into a jewelry piece. Seashells can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, etc. by engraving on metals like silver, gold or you can simply attach them in a string. There are varieties of shell jewelry that are available for all aged grouped women that can give an elegant and fashionable look with their outfits.
If you are interested in organic jewelry then these are just a few examples, there is a lot more in organic jewelry including amber jewelry, hardwood jewelry, hair jewelry, feather jewelry, and many more. These jewelry pieces give a stylish and classy look that can match your modern as well as traditional outfits.