For J-is-for-Jewelry, I’d like to invite you to engage in some worldbuilding with me: Caleyena jewelry.
The Calenyena are one of the two major nations/socioethnic groups (that doesn’t appear to be a term but I don’t know why not) on the continent of Reiassan in my fantasy setting by the same name.
The Calenyena (and the proto-Calenyena, back in Homeland) have 5 major time periods I’ve touched on: Before they encountered the Tabersi (proto-Bitrani), during the time when they were trying to live with the Tabersi, the “sword and sorcery” era on Reiassan, the Rin-and-Girey era, and the Steampunk era, where Edally Academy is set.
For this, let’s focus primarily on the last two time periods, since I’ve written the most in those two times.
Things I know about these times:
They have only the Bitrani, the island people, and the semi-independent island people to trade with; there is no contact with other continents. In the Rin-and-Girey time, they are often at war with the Bitrani & thus have to go to extreme lengths to GET to the island people, since the islands are in the south.
The north and mid-north, where the Calenyena live, are wood-poor; there is more wood in the south, much of it mangrove- and teak-style.
They have lots of mountains: mining exists.
They have glass-blowing skill and technique and lots of sea-side beach.
Their primary garments are a tunic, often buttoned over one collarbone or, later, down one side of the front, over long pants or a skirt.
They love bright colors, the brighter and more colors the better.
Their technology in the Rin-Girey era is vaguely height-of-Roman-Empire in in the steampunk era is, ah, vaguely steampunk.
So: Thoughts on their styles and types of jewelry in both those eras? Questions?
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