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A Short History of Jewelry

How old do you think the oldest piece of jewelry is? It's probably much older than you expected. In 2004, archaeologists discovered a necklace in South Africa that is 75,000 years old.

The necklace was made of shells, an early human drilled each one and strung them together. The result is a beautiful and ancient bead necklace.


Other ancient forms of jewelry include beads made of ostrich eggshell in Kenya and ornaments made of teeth found in Bulgaria.


Next time you wear a necklace, take the time to appreciate the ancient heritage of what you're wearing.




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