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Throughout time, children and babies have been adorned with jewelry for a variety of reasons depending on the time period and country. There are a variety of references to babies’ and children’s jewelry through many historical sources, including literature, the Bible, paintings and sculptures....
In ancient times, jewelry worn by infants was often made from shells, animal teeth, animal hair and timber. These early pieces were worn for decorative as well as for superstitious reasons, such as warding off evil spirits. European, African, American babies were often gifted an article of jewelry - a bracelet, necklace, ring to celebrate their birth.
In 14th century Italy, newborns were given a cross crafted from coral, which was to protect the baby from "evil eye". Cambodian parents decorated the ankles of their babies with silver anklets strung with tiny silver bells. Besides being decorative, the practical idea behind this tradition was to enable mothers to hear if their babies had crawled or toddled off and out of safety. And another reason for these bells was to ward off evil spirits.
In time, adults as well as babies and children increasingly wore jewelry as a sign of social or religious rank. Today the most common reasons for giving the gift of jewelry to a baby or small child are for the children to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the ring.
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