Jewelry through the Ages

Jewelry through the AgesJewelry through the Ages

Every culture wore jewelry, including Africans, Middle Easterners, Europeans, South Americans and Native Americans. Originally peoples of the Earth used animal bones and teeth, coral and/or shells. Eventually, these materials gave way to metals, stones, and eventually man-made materials including pottery, ceramics, glass, enamel and plastic.

African artisans have created jewelry since prehistoric times. Egyptians used many types of metal and stones including gold, silver, amethyst, jasper, lapis lazuli and carnelian for bracelets and armbands, which were as fashionable back then as they are today. The Greeks and Romans favored rings and brooches made of gold, foil or plaited wire, while cultures in India preferred pottery, bead from different materials and gold.

Every culture's jewelry symbolized something about their history, heritage, social status, or their times. For instance, the jewelry may have been symbolic, representing gods and goddesses, birth or death. It may also have symbolized the passage of seasons, a family's crest or symbol, or simply an expression of love and devotion towards another person or one's country.

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