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Jewelry Throughout Time Badge

(Discover Art)

Written by Charlotte Henderson and Beth Henderson

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate.)


Penguins: Do three requirements including the one starred *.

____ 1*. Look at pictures of jewelry from at least 6 different eras of history. Know the following jewelry terms: necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, tiara, watch and brooch.

Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Penguin requirement 1*.

____ 2*. Jewelry is frequently passed down through families. Find out if your family has any jewelry from previous generations. If so, who did it belong to? Why is it important to your family? Why do you think families pass down jewelry from one generation to the next?

Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

____ 2*.  Find out what a pocket watch is. During what years were they popular? Learn how to tell time on one. Find out what a locket is. What did people used to put in them?

Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

____ 2*. Make a timeline of at least 20 events in the history of jewelry.

Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

____ 2*. Find out what makes a piece of jewelry suitable to last through the ages. Learn about stone hardness, metal strength and fashion styles.

Owls: Do 9 requirements including the two starred *

_____ 1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

Optional Requirements:

____ 3. Read a nonfiction book about the history of jewelry or watch a documentary

____ 4. Back in the day of wax-sealed letters and envelopes, a gentleman would have his own personal signet ring. How did these change in design over the years? Do people still wear them today?

____ 5. Pick an aspect of jewelry, for example, engagement rings or necklaces, and look at how they changed over a 100 year period. How did they change? Is there a particular era you like?

____ 6. What do you think people will remember about modern jewellery in 50 to 100 years time?

____ 7. Before wrist watches, pocket watches were a standard part of a gentleman’s outfit. How did these change over the years? Do people still make them today? If possible, look at one in person.

____ 8. Learn about more unusual pieces of jewelry, such as vinaigrettes, snuffboxes, pomanders, fibulae and amulets. What were mourning rings?

____ 9. What is the difference between adult jewelry and children’s jewelry over the years? Are they particularly different? What kind of jewelry or stones would have been acceptable for a young lady to wear?

____ 10. Over the years, certain gemstones have risen and fallen in popularity. Pick an era and find out what the most popular stones used in jewellery were and how they were used.

____ 11. Learn about different cuts of stones and how they have been more or less popular in jewellery; for instance, cabochons were extremely popular in the Victorian era.

____ 12. Research famous pieces of jewelry from history, such as Princess Diana’s engagement ring, the Marie Louise diadem, the Vanderbilt Rose or the Vladimir Tiara

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