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The Era

Jewellery is probably more prevalent in today than it ever has been. Mass production – and advances in material technologies – have made jewellery easily accessible and, coupled with the “throw away” culture of the West, cheap costume jewellery can be updated and discarded with each new fashion season. Most modern commercial jewellery continues traditional forms and styles, but designers such as Georg Jensen have widened the concept of wearable art. The advent of new materials, such as plastics, precious metal clay, and colouring techniques, has led to increased variety in styles. The idea of “jewellery as art” was propagated by figures such as Robert Lee Morris and Gill Forsbrook, and many contemporary art colleges now offer courses in artistic jewellery making.