Monday, February 16, 2015

Facts Around Ancient Egyptian Jewellery

Ancient Egyptians highly valued personal adornment so this meant that jewellery was worn by both men and women of all social classes. Statues of kings and gods were adorned and majority of them were full of lavish jewels.  Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and anklets were all common types of articles worn in ancient Egypt.

Metals and Materials
The main metals during the Egyptian times were copper and gold.   Majority of people could afford copper with the gold being left for the gentry’s class of Egypt. Both of these materials were mined in Nubia and were abundantly available in large quantities.  Gold was used by the jewellers as there was a range of colour from gold, to reddish brown and then to rose.

Different Type of Jewellery
During the Egyptian times the most common piece of jewellery was the wide collar necklaces. These were typically made with rows of beads and shaped like animals or flowers.  In this era earrings and rings were worn by both men and women and made in the vast quantities.

The Use of Gems and Stones
Egyptian jewellery was generally inlaid with various gems and semiprecious stones. Some of the more favoured stones were carnelian, lapis lazuli, garnet, turquoise, obsidian and rock crystal. The stones native to Egypt, emeralds and pearls were most commonly used. Another commonly used material was faïence, which was made of ground quartz mixed with a colourant that was heated and moulded thus to imitate more expensive natural stones. The most popular colour was a blue-green imitation turquoise.

The attraction of ancient jewellery has increased throughout the years thus making the "past" the "fashionable trend" for here and now but along with the fashion side everybody wants to know the history behind the item, giving them knowledge to pass on!   

Authentic Ancient Jewelry Brought Back to life for customers to wear today, as in antiquity..


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