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Jewelry History

Jewelry is historically an artifact, worn solely for the sake of appearances, manifesting an alliance or to declare his love for another human being.

It may also have a practical, ritual or magical function, select social or cultural affiliation as well as be used as symbols for special feasts and ceremonies. In addition, jewelry often has been a convenient portable investment.

It is therefore not a garment in the customary sense, but something you wear on the outside of the suit, or directly on the body.

Interest to decorate the body and clothes with aesthetic and symbolic markers can be traced back to the Middle Palaeolithic Age, the Cro-Magnon people who lived ca. 32000 years ago.

On southern European cave paintings from the ice age, which is the earliest human images, we know of, there are pictures of naked women with body tattoos. Grave finds from ca. 25000 f.Kr. testify that these ice age people have worn jewelry in the form of pierced animal teeth, bones and conch shells, strung on cords or sewed on the suits. Some have probably been hunting trophies or amulet jewelry.

The use of jewelry has varied in time and space and from culture to culture like jewelry types, their form and materials. Changes in dress suit has influenced jewelry culture; fold rich and draped garment forms were often held together by large, ornamented buckles and fibulae, which was both useful and ornamental, and with the development of more close-fitting suit types in the later Middle ages came buttons, belts and different kinds of buckles to play an important role as costume jewelry.

With natural people have jewelry and body decorations (tattoo and livery) assumed a more dominant space than clothes. They have particularly served as identification symbols, linked to ritual acts and parties. The jewelry has often been made from natural materials and conferred a special magical power, some wood pieces and plants, bone, hair, feathers and stones.

People have created jewelry metal, ever since the first humans learned to process copper for 6000 years ago. Before then, we used: bone, sea shells, animal teeth and shells of ostrich eggs.

Jewelry has played an important role in the history of the world, where the Spaniards established an Empire to acquire gold and jewels occupied items of pre-Columbian Mexico and Peru in the 16th century. century. At the end of the 1840s, gold was found in California, United States, which resulted in a mass migration of 250,000 people in the area. Mining meant that permanent towns grew up, creating entirely new areas and economy.

Gemstones and gemstone jewelry also have meanings and large legends attached to them. For example, the Emerald gemstone was Cleopatras (Egyptian Queen) favorite stone. Emeralds were mined close to the Red Sea, was a huge source of these gems. Cleopatras Emerald mines were the first known mines of their species on Earth, and emeralds are known to be one of Cleopatra's favorite jewelry.
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