Jewelry is not necessarily all about expensive material like gemstones or precious metals. Prehistoric people used whatever they had available or could trade for, like shells (the world's oldest beads) piercing and stringing them into jewelry.

This playful bracelet was created for a second year exam by Amy Furniss of South Africa, a student studying jewelry design (lucky girl!). Her funky bracelet was made from various resin shapes, plastic buttons and even ballet tutu material, linked together with sterling silver jump rings. The layered tutu material was an unusual choice and being different is what makes a piece of jewelry unique. Amy is right - the type of jewelry we wear speaks volumes about our personalities. She has just started a blog which you can see here.

Photo with kind permission from Amy.