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The term “jewelry” refers to the decoration or adornment of a person’s body with objects made from special, often valuable materials. In societies outside of Europe in the early modern era, parallel practices included the use of paint and tattoos. Jewelry can be found in all societies as a culturally marked means of expression. Co…

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Siebenhüner, Kim, “Jewelry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027136>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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