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Bio­jew­elry were the first jew­elry ever made and used. The first signs of jew­elry came from the peo­ple in Africa. Per­fo­rated beads sug­gest­ing shell jew­elry have been found dat­ing to 75,000 years. In Kenya, beads made from per­fo­rated ostrich egg shells have been dated to more than 40,000 years ago.

In Ancient Egypt jew­elry was first made around 3,000 to 5,000 years back. The Egyp­tians adored the shine, rar­ity, and work­a­bil­ity of gold. In Pre­dy­nas­tic Egypt jew­elry soon began to sym­bol­ize power and reli­gious power in the community.

In Mesopotamia, jew­elry was man­u­fac­tured from metal inlaid with bright-​colored stones like agate, lapis, car­nelian, and jasper. Their favorite shapes were leaves, spi­rals, cones, and bunches of grapes

The Greeks started using gold and gems in jew­elry in 1600 BC, although beads shaped as shells and ani­mals were pro­duced widely in ear­lier times. By 300 BC, the Greeks had mas­tered mak­ing col­ored jew­elry and using amethyst, pearl, and emer­alds. Also, the first signs of cameos appeared. Greek jew­elry was often sim­pler than in other cul­tures, with sim­ple designs and workmanship.

Although jew­elry work was abun­dantly diverse in ear­lier times, espe­cially among the bar­bar­ian tribes, when the Romans con­quered most of Europe, jew­elry was changed as smaller fac­tions devel­oped the Roman designs. The most com­mon arte­fact of early Rome was the brooch, which was used to secure cloth­ing together. The Romans used a diverse range of mate­ri­als for their jew­elry from their exten­sive resources across the continent.

As the major­ity of world adopted Chris­tian­ity cul­tural styles began to con­verge. Jew­elry dur­ing this time was used pri­mar­ily as a form of sym­bol­iz­ing Chris­t­ian faith. Dur­ing the early part of the mid­dle ages Chris­t­ian monas­ter­ies were respon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing the bet­ter part of the worlds jew­elry. Pre­cious stones and met­als were once again reserved for the wealthy and were even for lower classes dur­ing cer­tain periods.

Dur­ing Renais­sance, increas­ingly jew­elry served the role of body adorn­ment, cre­ated solely for the pur­pose of improv­ing per­sonal pre­sen­ta­tion and beauty. While jew­elry was already seen as sign of wealth many now began to col­lect it solely for the pur­pose of pro­tect­ing ones wealth

As time went by, the increas­ing wealth of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion and rel­a­tively relaxed social atti­tudes meant that the gold and sil­ver pieces usu­ally reserved for the rich and pow­er­ful could now be afforded by lower classes.

Today jew­elry is increas­ingly viewed as a form of artis­tic expres­sion as the tools and mate­ri­als of pro­duc­tion become increas­ingly afford­able and available.

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