History of Jewelry

“The word Jewelry is an anglicized form of the Latin word, Jocale which means plaything history says that about 40,000 years back, the first jewelry was worn by the Cro-Magnons, ancestors of Homo sapiens.  Their jewelry included crude necklaces and bracelets made of bone, teeth, and stone stitched to animal sinew.

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Initially, jewelry was used for functional purposes like holding clothing together. It was also used to ward off evil and as currency. Today it is used for decoration and a symbol of status. India has the longest tradition of making jewelry. Starting in 1500 BC in the Indus Valley. In Egypt jewelry was made from gold. The affluent class wore this in life and death.

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Mesopotamia jewelry was made of metal and brightly colored adornments.  They especially favored leaves. They used their jewelry for humans and statues. In Greece, Jewelry was made from all types of metal, ivory, gems and even clay.   Asian design was introduced later when Romans ruled Greece. The Italians, added to the functionality of the jewelry, by creating clasps for necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewelry is timeless!  From 1500 BC to today jewelry has had an influence from all cultures and still does today. 

Sedycias, Roberto, “The Fascination History of Jewelry, Streetdirectory, 2019. www.streetdirectory.com