Evolution of the Jewelry Trade


Evolution of the jewelry trade had its humble beginnings in the earlies days of mankind. It appears jewelry was worn by the caveman - personal adornment crudely fashioned out of sea shells as well as animal teeth, claws or bones. Graves of prehistoric people have revealed beaded jewelry as well as jewelry made of ivory, wood and metal. Studies of the ancient Egyptians revealed well-crafted jewelry. The Egyptians were probably the first to combine gemstones with gold or precious metals. The priests of Bible days wore breast plates made with rows of diamonds, emeralds and other gemstones. Workers who made implements or weapons for battle became the first jewelry craftsmen. As they worked the metals to make weapons for war, they discovered the fine art of using the metals to create precious jewelry. The jewelry trade came to America with the first settlers. An artisan could repair a broken farm implement, a wagon wheel or fashion a wedding ring.

New York City became the leader of the precious metal industry in the 1890's with the first jewelry store opening at the beginning of the 19th century. The 20th century ushered in machines which created jewelry and mass production began in manufacturing plants. Jewelry became more available and more affordable, if somewhat less original.

Today, jewelry is worn with everything from jeans and sneakers to elegant evening wear. Jewelry will be around for an eternity. Jewelry is worn by men, women and children of all ages. When shopping for that special occasion in your life, the name to remember is Laney’s Diamonds and Jewelry. Whether you are shopping for earrings, necklaces, bracelets or diamond or colored gemstone rings, be sure to see the hundreds of choices of "ready to wear" items at Laney’s especially chosen for their unique beauty and craftsmanship. We typically have only one piece of each item. We also are skilled designers and we would love to create a one- of- a- kind heirloom treasures for your family to enjoy for years to come!

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5121 Center Street, Suite 103
Williamsburg, VA  23188
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