Since time immemorial, jewels and metals were part of human culture. Our earliest ancestors used available materials like bone, feathers, fur and obsidian to create unique and identifying pieces. This trend continued and as time passed advancing technology enabled artisans to start molding and mastering metals and gems into works of art which influenced cultures and lead to modern jewelry styles. The pieces selected for this exhibition showcase both men and women's jewelry spanning the globe and ranging from 800 BCE through the late 20th Century. What is interesting are the similarities between the pieces despite their geographical and age differences. Gold is a favourite material for both men and women's pieces as are circular contours. The themes and shapes in the following pieces are also indicative of the ever repeating cycle of jewelry: many of the motifs seen in the earlier pieces can be traced through the years to modern items. However, despite the similarities and differences seen in this exhibit, the purpose of wearing jewelry has remained constant: to allow people to express themselves, showcase their wealth, rank, and religious association or their affections toward someone. This enabled jewelry to become timeless and a telling aspect of humanity.