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There is strong archeological evidence that people were wearing jewelry as long as 5,000 years ago. True, the “jewelry” of ancient times differs significantly from that of today — necklaces, for example, were made from feathers, bones, shells and plant materials — but the desire to adorn one’s body with attractive, attention-grabbing baubles and trinkets runs deep in the human spirit and is as strong today as it ever was.

It would be nearly impossible to list every kind of jewelry, as every category can be broken down into several levels of subcategories. For example, the heading “rings” can be subdivided into engagement, wedding, class, promise, trinity, cocktail, antique, vintage, birthstone, purity, Claddagh, nugget, cluster, signet … and the list goes on.

Sotheby’s Home sells hundreds of pieces of fine jewelry, and the extensive collection includes rings, necklaces, earrings, watches, bracelets, cufflinks, brooches and more. They range from antique to vintage to contemporary, and represent many different styles, materials and time periods. Since there is so much to choose from, here are some helpful tips for buying jewelry.