First Jewelry

The first signs of jewelry came for the people in Africa. Perforated beads of shell jewelry have been found dating to 75,000 years ago at Blombos Cave. In Kenya, at Enkapune Ya Muto, beads made from perforated ostrich shells have been dated back 40,000 years ago. The European early modern humans had necklaces and bracelets made of bone and teeth. In southern Russia. Carved bracelets made of mammoth tusks have also been found. In its earliest forms jewelry wasn’t made for decoration at all , instead it was used for practical uses like pinning clothes together. Ancient Egypt is the most significant culture in terms of revolutionizing jewelry, but other cultures contributed as well. Known as the eastern successor of the Romans, the Byzantine Empire continued the tradition of religious symbols in jewelry. Early Greek jewelry tended to follow more Asian designs following Alexander’s conquests. Today as well as in early times is the preferred metal for jewelry but affordable metals like copper are more commonly being used.

via – Learning Center – Alari Design


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