5 Crazy Jewelry Myths That Might Actually Be True

While jewelry can instantly elevate any ensemble, it isn't just a pretty accessory to add to an outfit. Throughout the centuries, adornment in precious metals and stones has had deep spiritual meaning. Jewelry is symbolic, superstitious and sentimental. In ancient Egypt, amulets were worn as bracelets, necklaces and rings to ward off evil spirits and were said to have magical powers. In Catholicism, one might wear a crucifix pendant on a gold necklace to symbolize their unwavering faith and remind the wearer of Jesus' sacrifice for humanity. Or so they say. There's your history lesson for the day.

Over the years, jewelry has acquired so many myths and customs, and we find ourselves participating in even the silliest of traditions without knowing whether or not it even makes a difference. Can you actually get married without”gasp”a diamond engagement ring? Talk about blasphemy! Here are five jewelry myths that may or may not be true”you be the judge!

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Bite your gold to see if it’s real

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As you may have noticed, many Olympians pose with their gold medals clenched in between their teeth. The reason they do this is because of the old myth that you can tell if something is real gold by biting it”if it’s real, your teeth will leave a mark. The deeper the tooth indentation, the purer the gold. Skip the potentially tooth-damaging chomp and get your name hand-stamped on this Taudrey Gold Autograph Plate Necklace ($80).  

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