Article on the Chinese jewellery evolution not only mentions about the evolution and development of the Chinese jewellery but also highlights different jewellery items which were mainly popular. In terms of popularity, pins, rings, earrings and amulets proved to be the popular items among the people who loved jewellery. However, these items were not just popular among the women of China, but also among the males as well. Jewellery mainly indicated the social status of the bearer. In fact one major fact which the author has highlighted is related to the colour of the jewellery. For example, royalty was represented by blue colour of the jewellery. It gives an insight on the development of Chinese society as well, which was segregated on the basis of the jewellery.
In terms of design standards and preferences, it will not be wrong to say that among all the other designs of the jewellery, phoenix and dragon based jewellery designs were most popular. Moreover phoenix and dragon as a design were also associated with the royalty of the country. Based on the article, another important aspect which becomes clear is the fact that use of dragons and phoenix to a certain extent how Chinese even in ancient time wanted to include their national symbol such as dragon in their jewellery designs. It clearly reflects the fact that how Chinese jewellery focused on both the genders in the society, due to which dragon was used to represent the masculinity. This article also helps in establishing the understanding behind association of famous five clawed dragon and Fenghuang with the royalty, since dragon represented the Chinese emperor, whereas the phoenix represented the princess of the country. Hence, the rationale behind this fact mentioned by the author is to clearly establish the logic behind popularity and respect which is given to these symbols in the Chinese society. Moreover, it also helps the world in understanding the overall evolution of Chinese jewellery design.
Further on one of the major component of the article written by the author is related to excavation of the ancient jewellery in present times, which people find surprising, especially since jewelleries of ancient times have survived of thousands of years. Reason behind this aspect is clearly laid down by the author as it is mentioned that in ancient China there was a tradition according to which wealth and jewellery of the dead was buried with the dead itself. As a result of this tradition, lot of jewellery items got buried as part of this ritual. Which eventually helped China to preserve its ancient art and design in form of jewelleries. Unlike other countries of regions in ancient times, where the invader often looted the region along with the jewelleries, which eventually exchanged so many hands that ended up losingits origin. However the case is opposite in situation of China, as China has been able to preserve the jewellery unknowingly due to the ancient practise of burying the wealth of a person along with him itself. Hence, it is important to understand that despite of passing of passing of so many years, fundamentals of the Chinese jewellery design remains the same. For example use of Jade in the popular designs of the jewelleries etc. Important observation which can be drawn with related to the Chinese jewelleries is the way it has captured new market across the country.
Overall the article can be summarised as a brief overview of the jewellery development in China during ancient time period. Moreover article basically tried finding the reasons behind the fact that what made the archaeologists in the country to find so many ancient jewellery items at different places. Hence, the article not only throws light on the reason behind this phenomenon, it also put across different aspects such as design etc. related to the jewellery in ancient China.