Jewellery (jewellery also spelled jewelry, see spelling differences) is an item of personal adornment, such as necklace, ring, brooch or bracelet, that is worn by a person. It may be made from gemstones or precious metals, but may be from any other material, and may be appreciated because of geometric or other patterns, or meaningful symbols. Earnings and other body rings are also considered to be jewellery, while body art is not. Also, items affixed to a garment, such as buttons, are not considered to be jewellery, even if they are unusual and highly decorative. Also, items such as belts and handbags etc. are not considered to be jewellery, and are considered to be accessories.
The word jewellery is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicised from the Old French "jouel" circa the 13th century. Further tracing leads back to the Latin word "jacale", meaning plaything. jewellery is one of the oldest forms of body adornment, recently found 100,000 year-old beads made from Nassarius shells are thought to be the oldest known jewellery.