The metal alloy pewter has been used by humans for thousands ofyears for a number of different purposes. Early uses from antiquity onwards include tableware, vases, lamps, candlesticks and other household items. From around the 1600s, pewter became a common material for drinking vessels, such as tankards, steins, jugs and mugs. In more recent times, the alloy has become a popular choice for decorative items, including figurines, miniatures, frames, mirrors and jewelry boxes. Pewter is also used for costume jewelry items like earrings and necklaces to provide a 'silver' finish, as well as its durable but malleable qualities, which allow the creation of intricate shapes and designs.