From the Old French word jouel meaning jewel, treasure, object of beauty, which is originally thought to be derived from the latin jocale, meaning plaything. The oldest recorded examples of jewellery date back 90 – 100 thousand years ago, where evidence of beads have been discovered in both Algeria and Israel. These age-old examples of adornment are thought to hold a social meaning as well as being decorative.
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