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



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 lookinga lot likethey 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 moreseashell beads were found across Africa, the oldest fromMorocco 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 - farfrom 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 necklaceofvery old fish bones was found in a cavein Monaco.

These early discoveries of jewelry tied to our human ancestors prove that evencave dwellersjust 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, thatsomegemstones brought good luck, wealth, safe travel, respect, and, of course, love. Jewelrywas linked with many diverse qualities, meanings and powers as civilization marched on.We can see clearly that the desire to wear jewelrypredates modern man.

As the sands of time kept flowing, came the discovery of very desirable, very adaptable, very shinygold. Here's the thing about gold - it was discovered in different areas in different eras in pre-recordedhistory -but what IS known is that gold flakes were discovered in Spanish caves thought to date back to around40,000 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 plotsuncovered phenomenal, awesome quantities of gold. Now, there's alsoquality,in addition to quantity, we should consider.

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

We know that in some ancient cultures, gold was often buried with the dead to accompanythe wearer into the afterlife.So here's a big round of applause to early Egyptian goldsmiths whoso 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 shinymetals, desire colorful crystals and minerals, seek out sparkling gems, and led the way getting reallycreative with gold. Back then, whether it was date night, bartering, relationship rituals, flaunting yourstuff, celebratinggods or royalty, hoarding, or wanting bragging rights in the afterlife, humans hadto havetheir 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 2,000years ago, the Romans seem to have influenced jewelry design by creating thebrooch or pin, possiblyto clasp their clothes since they didn't have buttons thenfor those flowing robes. Of course, they treasured gold andwore gold coinjewelry, upper armbracelets, 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 Byzantinejewelers were known for generous, exquisiteuse of showy precious gems. In fact, China,Egypt, India, Romans, Greeks, Etruscans,so manyancient 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, sarcophagi, coins, goblets, medallions, headdresses, pendants to hold perfume,vests, draperies,sword handles, decor, furnishings, thrones, etc. - spectacular ornaments and artifacts uncoveredthroughouthistory, and these days, gold is also used in dentistryand 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, paydowries, prevent bad luck, maybe prevent imprisonment, used to gain favors, protect against illness and toothaches, inspirebravery, 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 commitmentand human connections, worn by spouses,slaves,the wealthy, church officials, displayed bythose 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 discoveredhow 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, becausesome 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 werevery reflective, quite dazzling, and diamonds earned preferred status. Timemarched on and interest in jewelry during the Medieval and Renaissanceperiods soared,and so did creativity, with very memorable and intricate designs produced.

By the end of the 19th century, industrialization made factory-cutjewels verypopular because they were affordable, and more accessible by more people.

Coincident with mass-produced jewelry was the birth of Art Nouveau jewelry design which madea huge impactin the early 1900s, especially after an exhibit in Paris. Art Deco style jewelry thensoon appeared and thrived -even in spite of a US depression and entanglement in a worldwar. 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 andbetterenhance,integrate and  showcase gemstones, which influenced andenrichedmany cultures worldwide, spurred the introductionand glamorization of plastic jewelry,precipitatedinnovations that refined and redefined jewelry styles, and launchedprocesses andnurturedcreativity that have forever enshrined jewelry as an indisputable art form, a confirmedfashionelement, and arewarding, uplifting and original way to project a personal statement.

Today consumers are tempted with myriad selections of stunning manufactured jewelry, and in thespirit of those original makers of those very first shell necklaces, there are also countless exquisiteofferings 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 jewelrythat can be status symbols, displays of fashion,project a sense ofidentity, 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 passionto create, acquire and display our jewelry and gemstones has been areliable constant for us mere mortalsacross 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 andself-expression that will always be cherished, admired, envied anddesired. 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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See birthstone history & list of birthstones
See metaphysical properties of gemstones

     
     Note: Dawn of the Bling
- A Fun Tour of Jewelry History From Day One - is
written as a playful, lighthearted 
     tour of the history of jewelry meant to present the origins of jewelry in a relaxed, whimsical manner. This 
     jewelry history is compiled solely for entertainment. to try to unravel our ancestraldestiny to seek body 
     adornments, to help us recognize, maybe even relate, to the time-honoreddesire to decorate ourselvesand 
     those we commit to and care about.It is copyrighted material - Copyright FavoriteBlings.com - and 
     may not be reproduced in whole or in part without prior, express written permission. 

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