We’re lucky to be jewelry artists today. Anything we want is so readily available. I wonder what artisans had to endure B.C. (before computers!) to get their materials, let alone get materials ready-to-use.
Take wire, for instance. We get our wire already made, in a zillion gauges and colors and metals and shapes. In ancient Rome, wire was cut from sheets of metal, then hammered and shaped by hand. Sounds dreadfully tedious.
By medieval times, wire was shaped by drawing sheets of hammered metal through plates, but still by hand. My arms hurt just thinking about it! Who would have the energy to make jewelry after that?