A short story about jewellery

February 14, 2014

Turquoise BraceletWe all wear jewellery, but did we ever ask ourselves where does it come from?

Jewellery is one of the world’s oldest types of archeological artefact – with 100,000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery. Of course we can all imagine how our ancestors were wearing different types of jewellery. It didn’t matter if they were Mesopotamians, Greeks, Romans or Egyptians they were wearing jewellery which depicted their status.¬†Jewellery was very popular in Ancient Egypt, no matter the social class.The Egyptians preferred the luxurious and rarest metals and stones.¬†Both men and women adorned themselves with earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and neck collars that were brightly colored. Greeks mastered the use of emeralds, amethyst and pearls in their jewellery together with gold, making them colorful and more attractive. Those who could not afford jewellery made from gold or other stones would make their jewellery from colored pottery beads.

Of course the pieces developed a lot throughout the decades, but basically we all love them now as much as they loved them then. Even today some of the jewellery we are wearing can prove our status in the modern society, but there is also the pride of wearing a unique piece, designer jewellery made especially to suite the most exquisite taste.

To feel a bit of the taste of the Ancient Egypt I can invite you to try a turquoise bracelet, they were very skilled in using this stone in their pieces.

Turquoise is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was known as a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. If given a turquoise by a loving friend the stone is said to protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune. It is one of the oldest stones known as well as the birthstone for the zodiac sign Sagittarius.

Categories: History of Jewellery.

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