Have you ever thought to yourself where jewelry began? People use jewelry every day. It’s a way to accessorize yourself and make you stand out from other people. People even use jewelry to show that they have money. But how did jewelry begin? Actually people used jewelry in the time of 1b.c. and before. It wasn’t like it is today but it was still jewelry. The history of jewelry is very interesting. In this paper I will tell you the history of jewelry through the eyes of many different cultures and time periods. You will see that early people used jewelry when some people might not think that they did. Also, as time goes on through the ages the type and taste of different jewelry changes. As technology changes so does the type of jewelry. As time goes on different cultures are in power throughout different areas of the world. Whoever is in charge determines largely the different styles’ of jewelry that are in fashion. For example, when the Romans were in charge of Europe, North Africa, and some of the Middle East, there style of jewelry was the dominant one in those regions.
Now were going to talk about how Ancient Roman jewelry was based a lot on Greek and Etruscan jewelry. But Roman jewelry used more colored gemstones like emeralds, rubies, and pearls. Roman jewelry was influenced by the lands that they conquered. This brought many different styles and types of the Roman citizens. Greek jewelry was most beautiful to me in the Hellenistic period.
Greeks made gold necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, armbands, and hair ornaments with valuable gems in them. Many designs were of plants and animals. They also used winged figures such as Eros, Nike, and the eagle of Zeus. Evidence has shown that as early as 50,000 years ago early humans made paint stained seashell as jewelry. This shows that pretty artifacts were used by early people to make themselves feel more beautiful. The shells that were found were dated to 10,000 years before people were thought to have lived in Europe.
Jewelry goes back a long way. Prehistoric jewelry used animal bones, shells and wooden beads. The earliest forms of jewelry were crafted of materials easily found in nature. Other materials used to make early jewelry are mammoth tusks and mother of pearl. Jewelry became developed and more beautiful by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.
Early Christian jewelry was common during 1 B.C. and before. During the time of the Byzantine Empire many people wore crosses around their necks. This was to remember their savior, Jesus Christ. Most crosses were bronze, and sometimes lead. Very few were of precious metals because Jesus lived a simple life. Only the priests used gold.
Going forward in time, jewelry from the year 0 to a 1000 might surprise you. This is the time known as the Dark Ages. People might think that jewelry disappeared from use but it didn’t. In the thousand years after Jesus’ death jewelry continued to be produced. In China much beautiful jewelry...