A family heirloom, a birthday present from a loved one, or a simple pop in your outfit- jewelry has been a staple amongst the human race as far back as historians can trace. Whether they serve for practical purposes or to decorate the wearer, jewelry has played a significant role throughout history.
Well before becoming articles of status, Cro-Magnons adorned themselves out of practicality, creating bracelets and necklaces made from animal bone, shells, and stone, which dueled as hunting and gathering tools. As one navigates throughout the ages, jewelry finds yet another dual purpose when it appears as decorative clothing pins. During the Medieval Era, many pendants transformed into mini daggers while their conspicuous counterparts were just as generously adorned.
The Egyptians had such a deep affinity for gold that they even buried their dead in gold plated sarcophagi’s along with their most cherished pieces of jewelry to wear in the afterlife.
In other ancient cultures, such as Greek, Roman, and Mesopotamia, jewelry played just as significant of a role in the upper class as it does today. The more decorated and adorned the individual was, the higher their status within the community. Gold, forever a staple, was seen on a regular basis. As was silver, bronze, lapis, agate, pearls, ivory, diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires, amongst many others.
As the years have progressed, India has continued to be a major contributor to the world of jewelry. A leader in the mining of diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds, some of the largest specimens have hailed from this region. The inhabitants of the area created beautiful works of art with their precious stones along with precious metals. They also created a great deal of items from glass and clay beads, turning the items into earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings.
Jewelry has even been used as symbols to represent one's faith, as is most noteworthy in Christian religions with the cross, Catholicism and the rosary, and Judaism and the Star of David. Symbolism in faith does not stop short at religion,belief in the institution of marriage is also represented in many cultures with wedding and engagement rings.
Decorative art which one can adorn them self with has withstood the test of time since the human race can remember. Appearing in many forms and consistently finding a place in our hearts, jewelry will undoubtedly continue to make its mark for centuries to come.
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