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A Few Historical Gems: Jewelry Trends at Different Times

Going for the Gold in Egypt 3000 BC

In the ancient world gold was the preferred metal for making jewelry. It was rare, did not tarnish, and was malleable so it could be worked fairly easily. Magnificent bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings, armlets, earrings, diadems, head ornaments, pectoral ornaments and collars of gold were all produced in ancient Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs.

Excavations by Howard Carter in 1922 led to the great discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and many gold funerary artifacts, all showing the artwork of ancient Egypt.

More Than Gold in Greece 1400 BC

In ancient Greece, beads shaped as natural forms like shells, flowers and beetles were popular. Beautiful, delicate necklaces and earrings have been found in burial sites in Northern Greece. By 300 BC, the Greeks were making multi colored jewelry using emeralds, garnets, amethysts and pearls. They also used colored stones, glass and enamel. Beads were made by joining two flat pieces of gold and filling them with sand.

Golden Creativity: Italian Jewelry 8 BC

Eight centuries BC the Italian Etruscans in the Tuscany region produced granulated textured gold work. They made large fibulae or clasps, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They also made pendants that were hollow and could be filled with perfume, which is still a style people wear and use today. The Italians are still renowned for their high quality, stylish and trend-making gold work.

Medieval Sumptuary Laws: Only Nobles Get the Gold

In 13th century medieval Europe, Sumptuary Laws came into force and dictated luxury in dress and jewelry. Townspeople in France were not allowed to wear girdles or coronals (common garb of the day) made of pearls, gemstones, gold or silver, and similar laws existed in England. The fact that these laws forbade yeomen and artisans from wearing gold and silver indicates how the status of jewelry and sumptuous dress had become widespread beyond just the nobility. The nobility, however, wanted to keep that distinction to themselves as an expression of their high status.

Golden Days: Jewelry For One and All Today

For a long time fake gemstones have existed too. Good glass imitations were often used in royal funerary robes and children's jewelry. The use of fake pearls or gemstones led to more jewelry options and more widespread availability. With imitation materials, people began to incorporate gems and pearls into clothes and other accessories (such as scarves) without it being cost-prohibitive.

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Today we enjoy an endless range of jewelry materials and styles. From the most precious gems to rhinestone-filled costume jewelry, there are earrings, necklaces and bracelets to fit anyone’s style and budget.

At modaSac you don’t have to choose between quality and affordability when selecting jewelry. We offer unique designs made with only the finest materials and craftsmanship, all at reasonable prices. Check out our necklace and earring sets that compliment each other as well as you. Make every outfit special with the latest designer inspired jewelry from modaSac.


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