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Celestial Ornaments and Jewelry

01 Jun '15

A Brief History of Ornaments


An ornament is an object put on something to make it more attractive.  These highly recognizable elements are everywhere in our daily lives.  Think of beautiful jewelry, hood ornaments that make car brands like Mercedes iconic or the often unnoticed but incredible architectural embellishments on buildings around the world. In recent history the word ornament has become most closely associated with the Christmas holiday.   


The use of ornaments to decorate trees date back to 15th and 16th century Germany where evergreens were adorned with fruit, candy and pastries that were cut into shapes like stars, hearts and flowers.  

Glass Christmas ornaments were first made in Lauscha, Germany in 1847. They were exported to other parts of Europe and became very popular in England after an illustration of Queen Victoria's Christmas tree was posted in a London newspaper. The tree was adorned with decorative baubles and ornaments from her husband, Prince Albert's native Germany.

Immigrants to North America brought what had become a tradition with them and as society prospered the size of ornaments grew and colors became brighter and designs more unique.  In 1880, F.W. Woolworth discovered Lauscha's ornaments on a visit to Germany and began importing them to the US.  By 1890, Woolworth's five-and-dime stores were selling $25 million worth of ornaments a year, a fortune.


Modern ornaments are made in more shapes and designs than can be counted.  They're manufactured in many countries around the world but China far exceeds most as the number one producer and exporter.  Designs range from elegant and ornate to traditional basics. There are few limits to available designs.  Visit aettra.com for our take on unique but traditional ornaments than can be used during the holidays or anytime during the year.   




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