A Little Bit of Jewelry History

Like other pieces of jewelry, necklaces have been an important piece for the body but it also tells a lot about a person without having to say anything. Necklaces can communicate wealth, power affiliation, prestige, levels of resources and skill, and elements of identity and position.

Ancient Sumerians created necklaces and beads from gold, silver, lapis lazuli and carnelian. In Ancient Egypt, a number of different necklaces were worn. Upper-class Ancient Egyptians wore collars of organic or semi-precious and precious materials for religious, celebratory and funerary purposes.

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