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

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

The first organic bling ever, and feels like day one in the colorful history of jewelry through the ages. 

Beads found in an Israeli cave made from snail shells date back to about 100,000 years ago. More 
seashell beadwork was found all across the African continent. The oldest beads found there, in 
Morocco, date back to some 80,000 years ago. 

In Kenya, a strand of ostrich egg shell beads was discovered about 40,000 years ago. A "short time" 
later - at least 35,000 years ago - a single simple seashell bead was found in Algeria, many miles 
from the ocean. 

All those shells, bones and stones way back then were believed to protect wearers from danger, or 
were worn to display social rankings in their villages or tribes, maybe even used to secure what 
passed for clothing in those days. Then, about 25,000 years ago, a necklace of very old fish bones 
was found in a cave in Monaco.

The discovery of such early jewelry made so long ago by our human ancestors proves that even 
cave dwellers possessed the inherent human desire to flaunt personal adornments.

Oh yeah, early man definitely had bling fever!  

Those primitive "fashionistas" used many available materials like bones, shells, pebbles, feathers, 
animal teeth, skins and  horns, and maybe some of their creations were possible gifts or awards  
to tribal heads, warriors, witch doctors, wives, accomplished hunters, royalty, or were forms of 
displaying social standing, family attachment or identification. 

Marching in lockstep with the millennia were the beliefs that jewelry had magical properties, that 
certain gemstones brought good luck, wealth, safe travel, respect, and, of course, love. Jewelry 
has been linked with many diverse powers and meanings as civilization marched on. And it's clear 
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 that were assumed 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 brought to light a pattern of  phenomenal, unprecedented, awesome quantities of buried gold. 
Now, there's also quality, in addition to quantity, that we should consider. 

Of course, we know that in some ancient cultures, gold was often buried with the dead to accompany 
the former wearer into the  afterlife. Fast-forward to about 3000 BC, when the use of spectacular 
jewelry emerged, and was 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. What a blingdom.

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.

Can't prove it with a blood test, but looks like 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 are said to have influenced jewelry design by creating the 
brooch or pin, which they probably used to clasp their clothes since they didn't have buttons then 
for those flowing robes. Of course, they also treasured gold and wore gold coin jewelry, arm 
bracelets and other bodily adornments. 

BTW, back then, Romans were using more than gold, they were using bronze and pearls, together 
with imported sapphires, diamonds, amber and emeralds. Gold pieces fashioned by Byzantine 
jewelers were
known for intense, exquisite use of plentiful and showy precious gems. In fact, China, 
Egypt, India, Romans, Greeks, Etruscans, so many ancient cultures had their 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 being 
functional, for statues, sarcophagi, coins, goblets, medallions, headdresses, pendants to store perfume, 
vests, draperies, sword handles, decor, furnishings, thrones, etc. - spectacular historical ornaments 
and artifacts have been uncovered, and in more current times, gold is now also used in dentistry 
and also electronics. 

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

In later centuries, jewelry acquired very personal, additional meaning - it became a universal symbol 
of commitment and human connections, it was worn by spouses, slaves, the wealthy, church officials, 
displayed by those with 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 in several
countries 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 being used by today's 
jewelry designers.

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

The world then became industrialized by the end of the 19th century, and factory-cut jewels became 
very popular because they were affordable, and were more accessible by many 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 exhibit in Paris. Art Deco style jewelry then 
soon appeared and thrived - even with the advent of a US depression and entanglement in a world 
war. Art Deco jewelry was welcomed 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 precious and semi-precious gems, which influenced and 
enriched many worldwide cultures, 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, creative gemstone combinations, imaginative clusters, novel gemstone
pairings, intricate bails and clasps and more, contemporary jewelry has earned multiple personalities. 

We can credit those inventive cave dwellers of 135,000 years ago who led the way -- to jewelry 
that can be status symbols, displays of fashion, can 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 or acquire and then decorate 
ourselves with jewelry has been a reliable constant for us mere mortals across the millennia.

Many thousands of years of fashioning jewelry have given humanity precious gold, gemstones, 
jewelry of every type, exciting new jewelry mediums, myriad possibilities for personal 
embellishment and self-expression, affirming that jewelry will continue to be cherished, admired, 
envied and desired. Yes, our 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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     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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