India has an unbroken heritage of jewelry design that spans at least five thousand years and extends back into antiquity. Its people have expended limitless energy and creativity in the invention of ornaments that celebrate the human body. By adorning the material body they also seek to satisfy a universal longing for the embellishment of its intangible counterpart: the human spirit. From an infinite reserve of symbolically significant forms and images, some obvious, some subtle, others whose meaning is forgotten, traditional jewelry is created. When one realizes that all these objects have been handmade with elementary tools, one cannot help but be amazed by the ingenuity and skill of the traditional jeweler.