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Dawn of the Bling - Jewelry History -  
A Fun Tour from Day One...

A cool, fun timeline of when and how jewelry 
was "invented", by whom, the symbolism of jewelry 
through the ages, why jewelry is important to 
humans, and more jewelry fun facts!

             
Jewelry Lover? Blame it on a Caveman!

Here's why - as far back as 135,000 years ago, in Croatia, populated by 
Neanderthals, eagle talons etched with score marks were found looking 
a lot like they were used for jewelry. 

So, the first bling ever, and literally, just the beginning. 

Beads made of snail shells found in an Israeli cave date back about 
100,000 years. Then more seashell beads were found across Africa, the 
oldest from Morocco date back some 80,000 years.

In Kenya, a strand of ostrich egg shell beads was discovered dating 
around 40,000 years ago. Then a single seashell bead was found in 
Algeria - far from the ocean - dating about 35,000 years ago.  

Back then, all those shells, bones and stones were thought to protect 
wearers from danger, maybe worn to display social rankings in villages 
or tribes. Then, from about 25,000 years ago, a necklace of very old 
fish bones was found in a cave in Monaco.
                       

These early discoveries of jewelry tied to our human ancestors prove 
that even cave dwellers just had to flaunt personal adornments. Oh yeah, 
early man definitely had bling fever!  

Those primitive "fashionistas" used bones, shells, pebbles, feathers, 
and animal teeth, skins and horns. Maybe some of their creations were 
gifts or awards to tribal heads, warriors, witch doctors, wives, revered 
hunters, royalty, or were displays of social standing, family ties 
or identification. 

                                

Marching in lockstep with the millennia were the beliefs that jewelry had 
magical properties, that some gemstones brought good luck, wealth, 
safe travel, respect, and, of course, love. Jewelry was linked with 
many diverse qualities, meanings and powers as civilization marched on. 
We can see clearly that the desire to wear jewelry predates modern man.

As the sands of time kept flowing, came the discovery of very desirable, 
very adaptable, very shiny gold. Here's the thing about gold - it was 
discovered in different areas in different eras in pre-recorded history - 
but what IS known is that gold flakes were discovered in Spanish caves
 thought to date back to around 40,000 BC.  

A special note here about some very special hoarders -- in eastern Bulgaria, 
beginning around 4500 BC, goldsmiths excelled in their craft and perfected 
such amazing skills, that excavated burial plots uncovered phenomenal, 
awesome quantities of gold. Now, there's also quality, in addition to 
quantity, we should consider.  

                                                    

Fast-forward to about 3000 BC, when spectacular jewelry emerges and has 
been repeatedly discovered on mummies and in tombs - crowns, pins, rings, 
every type of jewelry and accessory that was familiar and or ritualized 
during those times. 

We know that in some ancient cultures, gold was often buried with the dead 
to accompany the wearer into the afterlife. So here's a big round of applause 
to early Egyptian goldsmiths who so masterfully created the incredible, 
priceless burial mask of Tutankhamun, as well as amulets, talismans, and 
many other unprecedented, jaw-dropping unearthed masterpieces. Egyptians 
also used silver, as well as amethyst, carnelian, turquoise, and amazonite 
gemstones. What a blingdom.

Can't prove it with a blood test, but it seems our ancestors helped us 
appreciate beautiful shiny metals, desire colorful crystals and minerals, 
seek out sparkling gems, and led the way getting really creative with gold. 
Back then, whether it was date night, bartering, relationship rituals, 
flaunting your stuff, celebrating gods or royalty, hoarding, or wanting 
bragging rights in the afterlife, humans had to have their bling. It's 
definitely looking like a DNA thing...

                               

In early Greece, gold, silver, bronze, and clay together with gems were 
used for jewelry making. About 2,000 years ago, the Romans seem to have 
influenced jewelry design by creating the brooch or pin, possibly to clasp 
their clothes since they didn't have buttons then for those flowing robes. 
Of course, they treasured gold and wore gold coin jewelry, upper arm 
bracelets, and other bodily adornments.

BTW, back then, Romans were using more than gold, they were using 
bronze, pearls, sapphires, diamonds, amber and emeralds. Gold pieces 
designed by Byzantine jewelers were known for generous, exquisite use 
of showy precious gems. In fact, China, Egypt, India, Romans, Greeks, 
Etruscans, so many ancient cultures had homegrown master jewelers 
who forever influenced the stature, purpose, symbolism, and diversity 
of jewelry design.

Across the centuries, gold was sought after - not just for extraordinary 
jewelry, but also for statues, coins, sarcophagi, goblets, medallions, 
headdresses, pendants to hold perfume, vests, draperies, sword handles, 
decor, furnishings, thrones, etc. - spectacular ornaments and artifacts
uncovered throughout history, and these days, gold is also used in 
dentistry and electronics. 

We've seen that jewelry of all kinds, precious and semi-precious metals 
and gemstones, pearls, every manner of adornment has been used 
through the ages to ward off evil, pay dowries, prevent bad luck, maybe 
prevent imprisonment, used to gain favors, protect against illness and 
toothaches, inspire bravery, ward off bad dreams, assure safe passage, 
convey political prowess, attract love and success, and also act as currency.

In later centuries, jewelry acquired very personal, additional meaning - it 
became a universal symbol of commitment and human connections, worn 
by spouses, slaves, the wealthy, church officials, displayed by those of 
authority, cherished for a host of reasons -- you get the picture. 

And now to a "girl's best friend." Sometime around the 14th century, 
jewelry crafters discovered how to cut diamonds. Before then, they just 
polished the gems then worked them into their designs. 

To give them the credit they're due, it's truly a testament to those jewelers 
of yesteryear, because some of their early diamond cutting techniques are 
still used by today's jewelry designers.

By the 18th century, diamonds ruled. Multiple facets became popular, fancy 
shiny cuts were very reflective, quite dazzling, and diamonds earned 
preferred status. Time marched on and interest in jewelry during the 
Medieval and Renaissance periods soared, and so did creativity, with 
very memorable and intricate designs produced.

By the end of the 19th century, industrialization made factory-cut jewels very 
popular because they were affordable, and more accessible by more people.

Coincident with mass-produced jewelry was the birth of Art Nouveau jewelry
design which made a huge impact in the early 1900s, especially after an 
exhibitin Paris. Art Deco style jewelry then soon appeared and thrived - 
even in spite of a US depression and entanglement in a world war. Art Deco 
jewelry was treasured for its glamorous and fresh, innovative look.

                         

Jewelry history confirms how mankind continued to tame and expertly 
utilize natural metals and better enhance, integrate and  showcase 
gemstones, which influenced and enriched many cultures worldwide, 
spurred the introduction and glamorization of plastic jewelry, precipitated 
innovations that refined and redefined jewelry styles, and launched 
processes and nurtured creativity that have forever enshrined jewelry 
as an indisputable art form, a confirmed fashion element, and a rewarding, 
uplifting and original way to project a personal statement.
 

Today consumers are tempted with myriad selections of stunning 
manufactured jewelry, and in the spirit of those original makers of those 
very first shell necklaces, there are also countless exquisite offerings 
of original handmade bling created by prideful artisans to decorate their 
fellow humans.

Rich with exotic and desirable gemstones, pearls, corals, woods and 
leathers, created with flourishes, embedments, engravings, novel 
gemstone combinations clusters and pairings, intricate bails and clasps 
and much more, jewelry today has acquired multiple personalities.

                            

Let's thank those inventive cave dwellers of 135,000 years ago who led the 
way -- to jewelry that can be status symbols, displays of fashion, project a 
sense of identity, fulfill a need for belonging, reward us with a feeling of 
self-esteem.  

So whether it's playful, deliciously extravagant, demure or edgy, whether
it's displayed on ears, necks, wrists, fingers, arms, tongues, noses, ankles, 
toes, hair, belly buttons, gowns, sandals, tiaras, you-name-it, the deep-
rooted drive and instinctive passion to create, acquire and display our 
jewelry and gemstones has been a reliable constant for us mere mortals 
across the millennia.

Many thousands of years of fashioning shells, bones, clay, metals, 
gemstones, plastics and more, have given humanity every type of bling, 
exciting new jewelry mediums, plus myriad possibilities for decoration 
and self-expression that will always be cherished, admired, envied and 
desired. Yes, jewelry is formidable, undeniable proof of being human. 

So it's confirmed, it's historical fact -- it's in our genes, we all gotta have 
our bling!


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Please note that this fun history of the origins of jewelry is intended purely 
for entertainment and informational purposes only.  

Be sure to check out my Jewelry Blogs links below, including Birthstones List
& History & Birthstones, Weird Creepy Scary Jewelry, How-To Tips on Jewelry 
Care, How to Spot Fake Jewelry and more...
  
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