Aug 4, 2020

The Very First Items of Jewellery Ever Created


It is a fact that humans have adorned their bodies with various forms of jewellery. Looking at civilisations such as the Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and all the other civilisations that emerged, you will see fine items of jewellery that were hand-crafted by experts of that time.




Beautiful earrings

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Here are some examples of the earliest evidence of people adorning their body with jewellery.

Pre-Homo Sapiens


For a long time, we thought that the first clear-cut examples of early jewellery came about 40,000 years ago when Cro-Magnons (ancestors of Homo Sapiens) were known to wear basic necklaces and bracelets made from animal teeth and bones. Then we discovered stringed beads that are 100,000 years old, which has expanded our knowledge of the early use of jewellery. Let’s not forget that in those times, jewellery was often used practically to join two animal skins.




Ancient Egyptians


The ancient Egyptians adored gold and used many precious stones to create amazing items of jewellery, many of which were uncovered when they found Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The Pharaoh’s mask was made from pure gold, as were many other artefacts that are priceless and can be seen in museums today, with stunning examples of fine craftsmanship. While you won’t find in stores such old items that are considered great historical finds, if you visit Kalmar Antiques, you can view stunning antique and vintage jewellery that would make for a great investment.

Greek Culture


The ancient Greeks also prized gold and precious stones, with silver and ivory included in the designs that were influenced by Asian cultures. Then the Romans arrived and this saw a change in jewellery design. From around the period of 27BC, the Roman influence was complete, and flowing lines and bright colours entered the arena.

Byzantine Era


This followed the Roman Empire, with the people of that time preferring light ornaments made from gold, with rubies and emeralds added for colour. Jewellery was largely the domain of wealthy women in these times, with men only wearing a signet ring.

The Very First Items of Jewellery Ever Created

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The Indian Continent


As with other parts of the world, gold was primarily used to create jewellery and around 1500BC, the people of the Indus Valley wore earrings and necklaces made with gold and coloured beads. Even poor women wore shells fashioned into jewellery, and for the first time, we see ordinary people wearing jewellery.

Warding Off Evil Spirits


In many civilisations, wearing jewellery was more than just a show of wealth, as many cultures believed that jewellery would ward off evil spirits, with superstitions rising and falling, according to the leaders of the time.

In conclusion, we can safely say that humans have adorned their bodies for thousands of years, for many reasons, and if you enjoy fine antique jewellery, the online antique dealer is the person to contact. You may want to check out elegant pieces made in the 1930s or in other eras.

Rings

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A reputable online antique dealer would have an extensive catalogue from many periods, and you can rest assured that the pieces are genuine and are fairly priced. With so many periods to explore, there is something to suit every taste.






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