The History of Jewelry goes back many years, in fact the oldest piece of jewelry was handcrafted out of beads from Nassarius shells and it is estimated to be 100,000 years old.
The ancient Egyptian’s handcrafted jewelry was worn by women, children and men of all social classes. The statues of their Pharaohs and Gods were adorned with priceless jewels while the dead were sent to the afterlife decorated with jewels of the living.
High grade Egyptian jewelry was in high demand in the ancient world. Their craftsmanship could be found across different territories including Turkey, Rome, ancient Persia, and Greece
Types of Egyptian Jewelry
The Egyptians favored many types of jewelry but by far the most common and iconic was the wide collar necklace.
Commonly made out of rows of beads shaped like animals or flowers, they stretched from the collarbone to the breasts.
The commoners used bone and stone for their jewelry, and buttons were very popular as well. This allowed the jewelers of the time to master crafting artificial gemstones. They got so good in fact that it became hard to tell fake pearls, emeralds, and tiger’s eye stones from the original
The Egyptian nobility were more inclined to bracelets, necklaces, amulets, pendants, belts, and hair beads. They favored those that were designed with scrolls, tigers, scarab beetles, winged birds, jackals, antelopes, and tigers. Unlike most people who passed on their jewelry when they passed on, Egyptian nobles wore their jewelry to their graves.
Materials used for Jewelry
The main materials used to craft Egyptian jewelry were copper and gold. The commoners could only afford copper while the more well-to-do preferred gold that ranged in shades from gray to reddish brown to rose. The reason being that golden jewelry was seen as status symbol in ancient Egypt. It represented power, religion, and status.
The nobles weren’t satisfied with just simple jewelry however, they preferred to inlay their jewels with different variations of gems such as lapis lazuli, turquoise, garnet, carnelian, obsidian and rock crystal. Emeralds and pearls were the most commonly used since they were native to Egypt.
Learning from the Past
Keepsakes Jewelry and Ancient Egypt
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