A jewelry item that is cast has been made by a process that involves pouring molten metal into a mold and letting it harden. This process began in the 4th millennium B.C. starting with simple one-piece molds and evolving to three dimensional two-piece molds. There are many mold types and casting methods still in use today.


Anthropomorphical pendant of the Tairona people,
representing a shaman holding two sceptres,
wearing a large nasal ornament and a high headgear with two toucans.
Lost-wax cast gold with false filigree decoration,
10th-15th century, Colombia.