Jewelry: A Medium of Symbolic Communication

22 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2017

Date Written: January 31, 2017


Jewelry is the lovely manifestation of man’s imagination and creativity which symbolizes the ethnic culture and heritage of mankind and represents as one of the most invaluable constituents of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). It is one of the effective means of symbolic communications of the socio-cultural life of human beings and is known as the living cultural heritage of mankind. The present paper gives understanding of various dimensions of studying ethnic jewelry and highlights the significance of jewelry in cross-cultural perspective exploring its origin, history, development, designs, patterns and functional relevance.

Keywords: Jewelry, communication, ethnic identity, gift exchange, body modifier, status symbol, self-defense, mourning, Intangible Cultural Heritage

Suggested Citation

Satpathy, Chinmayee, Jewelry: A Medium of Symbolic Communication (January 31, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Chinmayee Satpathy (Contact Author)

Morehead State University ( email )

Morehead, KY 40351
United States

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