Ancient Jewelry is known to man since his arrival on earth. It is said that the ancients wore adornments on their hands and wrists which were precious stones or metals, to show the gods they served. Thus, ancient jewelry was a form of play, but it also had other deeper meanings and purposes. For instance, in several cultures, wedding bands have been used to mark the wearers' marital status for years. They were worn so that husbands would know which spouse was sleeping with which. This practice is still observed today by some tribal communities. Another form of ancient jewelry is the necklaces and earrings which are worn by ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Chinese, etc. The Egyptians used it as jewelry to keep evil spirits away from them. They were also believed to have magical powers; hence the name "magic." In addition to this, Egyptian jewelry has beautiful beads, stones, and coral. It became so popular among the ancient Egyptians that their culture is deeply rooted in it. The Ancient Jewelry that we see today had a very deep influence on many cultures. Hence, it is not surprising to learn that jewelery from many cultures can be found in our modern jewelry stores.
Pharaohs of Egypt
Jewelry from Egypt, such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and brooches, dates back to Pharaohs of ancient times. We also see many different kinds of Egyptian jewelry made into works of art such as lockets, rings, and necklaces. Some of these are quite valuable. Greek Jewelry Our culture is deeply influenced by ancient Greece. And, much of that is carried over into our modern jewelry designs. Greek jewelry has influences from many different styles. We have Gothic, classical, and romantic pieces. The Gothic jewelry of Greece would include necklaces and chains. Roman jewelry has influences from both Greek and Roman culture. The Roman Jewelry The Romans were among the first to use gold in their religious ceremonies. This was an important step towards the evolution of classical Jewelry. The Romans also wore necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that were solid gold and bore intricate filigree designs. Much of this jewelry is still visible in our modern day jewelry stores. Greek Pendants Greek Jewelry had a heavy influence on the Roman people too. The Roman Empire eventually absorbed the Greek pendant traditions as well. Greek pendants often featured animals, such as the dolphin. Greek jewelry was often used for ornamental purposes as well as for Necklaces and other adornments. Many Roman pendants feature a scene from the Greek gods. Earrings Greek earrings were typically made from semi-precious gemstones. These gemstones would be incorporated into the design in such a way so that they would be visible when the earring was worn. These gems were also usually large, which was another departure from the style of the Roman men. The earrings of the Roman men often incorporated large circular shapes such as the Venus flytraps, or Greek mythological creatures. Rings Ancient Jewelry often incorporated the use of rings in its designs. However, it wasn't until the Victorian era that jewelry designers started to incorporate more intricate designs into their work. Rings in particular were used to denote social status. The rich and powerful often wore rings on their left hand as a sign of their wealth. Nowadays rings can be found on many forms of jewelry made from various materials including gold, silver, and copper. Bracelets Another aspect of ancient jewelry-making that can still be found today is the use of bracelets. Like earrings, bracelets were used to denote an individual's social status. These bracelets could be made from various precious metals and adorned with semi precious gems. These bracelets were generally smaller than rings and much more simplistic in design. They also took on a more utilitarian purpose as protection from the elements and simple aesthetic purposes. Necklaces One of the most versatile pieces of jewelry in the world is the necklace.
The Color of Stone
A simple necklace could be made from semi-precious gemstones that complimented the color of the stones. Today you will see this same design but more often for the Greek and Roman women. Many Greek women sport a necklace that incorporates multi-colored stones that coordinate with their clothing. This is another great example of how different styles can still be brought to life by using different precious metals and stones. Rings and earrings Ancient Jewelry was not limited to necklaces, bracelets and pendants. It also included rings that would be worn on fingers. Rings were used in a variety of settings and on a number of different finger types. These rings may have been simple or more complex in design depending on the intended wearer's lifestyle. They were typically worn by those who were members of royal families or higher class families.