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'Old Fashion' is now 'In Fashion'

A tradition is a practice, custom, or story that is recorded and passed down from one generation to the next. Traditions are often presumed to be ancient, unalterable, and deeply important. Traditional jewelry is the designs and decorative shapes used to symbolize a specific culture, manifesting themselves as necklaces, rings, brooches, earrings and bracelets. These unique adornments were passed down from generation to generation along with the traditional stories and manners of that respective culture.

Today we live in a world with a vast array of ethnicities. Each ethnic group has its own unique traditions and manners that define it as well as differentiate it from the rest. One of the most significant characteristics that these various ethnic groups seem to share in regards to tradition is the importance they give to their ornaments. Each group’s traditional jewelry has its own unique extraordinary style, and in most cases the older it is, the greater the value. Moreover, a piece of jewelry passed down within a family dynasty, in some cases would hold as much value as an actual family member. From very early times, jewelry has been regarded as a form of personal adornment and throughout the ages it has also indicated social status. More exotic jewelry is often worn by the wealthy, with its rarity increasing its own inherent value.

Established companies with well-recognized brand names are contributing to the latest trend to recreate traditional jewelry in the form of less expensive imitations. In this day and age, creating exact copies of such jewelry is reviving meaningful shapes and traditional patterns. Taking into consideration the magnitude and effect this jewelry sometimes has within a culture, one is likely to project a certain amount of possessiveness towards the appearance of such valuable items. Ironically, most ethnic groups welcome this rising phenomenon and are quite tolerant towards it. Furthermore, the youth in these cultures not only accept, but also proudly wear the newest designs, created by established brands, imitating style with vast accuracy. Perhaps one reason why a more permissive and forgiving attitude exists in regard to these imitations is due to the fact that, for various reasons, one may not be readily able to wear the original piece.

Wearing a piece of traditional jewelry might feel odd at first, but there's a sense of satisfaction that comes from a friend or co-worker showing interest or inquiring about its origin. The facts speak for themselves; more and more people have begun purchasing these unique designs and wearing them on a daily basis, whether it is to work, to go out and meet friends, or even to formal evening events.

Everywhere we go, we now encounter traditional jewelry designs. This growing phenomenon is affecting most of the pricey brand name stores as well as the small and slightly less expensive ones. In fact, by merely searching for the keywords "Traditional Jewelry" in Google, we may encounter jewelry of various ethnic groups and styles from all over the world, such as Indian, Pakistani, Japanese, Yemenite or Moroccan conventional styles. The list goes on and on.

In conclusion, traditional jewelry is an inseparable part of our lives. Not only has it become very commonplace and easy to acquire, but society also seems to find it more than appropriate to use as a gift with a personal touch. In short, what used to be ‘old-fashioned’ is now becoming more and more ‘in fashion’.