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Chains through the ages: a short history of body jewellery

In recent years, body jewellery has trended and has now come into fairly widespread use thanks to its rise in popularity among pop stars. What many of us may not know is that our body chains, or our girlfriend’s body chains, actually have a long and intricate history that stretches back into prehistory, much like jewellery in general. The meanings behind the chain itself are varied but have remained somewhat consistent, if not paradoxical, through the ages. They can be positive, representing eternity as a perfect circle without beginning or end; symbolising eternal love, or embodying unbreakable friendship. However, chains can also be negative when they represent bondage. Religious symbolism has also been closely associated with the chain. Hinduism uses...

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