More exotic jewellery was probably made for wealthy people or as indications of social status.
In some cases people were buried with their jewellery.
Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example.
For many centuries metal, often combined with gemstones, has been the normal material for jewellery, but other materials such as shells and other plant materials may be used.
Jewellery can also symbolise group membership (as in the case, of the Christian crucifix or the Jewish Star of David) or status (as in the case of chains of office, or the Western practice of married people wearing wedding rings).