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Ancient Jewelry

Up until 2015, the oldest known objects that were believed to have served a decorative purpose for the human body were approximately 110,000 years old. Drilled shell beads from this time (the middle paleolithic period) have been found in a cave in present day Morocco....

Ancient Jewelry Images

© The Trustees of the British Museum This item is displayed in the Schmuckmuseum in Pforzheim, Germany. The Byzantine Earrings are of Crescentric Form with Beaded Wire Border. Circa 6th-7th Century A.D. Photo Courtesy of Christie’s. Blue Glass Penannular...

Earring Images

Diamond Day-Night Earrings with Baguette Cascade. Mid-Century Opal Earrings and Pin Jewelry Suite. Picciotti Ruby and Diamond Demi Parure, c.1950s. Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s. Mid-Century Diamond Leaf Brooch and Earrings in 18K and Platinum. Classic Jadeite Ear...

Grand Period 1860-1885

Queen Victoria in Mourning c. 1870’s. Mid-Victorian women were competing with men for jobs as clerks, teachers, factory inspectors and they were fighting to win the right to vote. Suddenly they had their own money, and a change in the laws c.1870 allowed them to...

American Jewelry: Part III

American Jewelry: An Historical Timeline In a nostalgic wave created by the celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary, Americans began to take pride in previous generations and a mid-eighteenth century revival was born. In this time of relative prosperity, jewelry...

Victorian Jewelry Images

Nuptials of Princess Victoria and Prince Frederick William of Prussia, 1858. Bridal Portrait of Queen Victoria. Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Ribbon, 1887. Orange Blossom Parure, Gifts from Albert to Victoria 1839-1846. Funeral Procession for Queen Victoria, 1901....

Necklaces

Introduction Necklaces have existed ever since our ancestors began to walk upright. Our desire to adorn ourselves has been evident since ancient times with Paleolithic and Neolithic necklaces made from shells, bones, teeth, and claws found at sites of archaeological...

Greek Jewelry

Minoan and Mycenaean Jewelry Crete When describing jewelry from Greece one should start with the Minoans. Around 3000 BC signs of a new civilisation on the island Crete started to emerge. The origin of this new culture most likely lies in Asia Minor, a theory which is...

Pendant Images

Alexander Calder Brass Wire Pendant, c.1950. Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s. Victorian Scottish Agate Cross. Frosted Rock Crystal Quartz and Diamond Deco Pendant. Art Nouveau Diamond and 18k Yellow Gold Pendant. Pierced and Chased Silver and Parcel-Gilt Pendant in...

Commoner’s Jewelry

Bronze_Fibula Etruscan Bronze Fibula Etruscan_Fibula_2 Etruscan Fibula. Do you think it’s important to look into commoner’s jewelry more? It will tell you a lot about the society. The interesting thing of looking at ancient burials is that in many societies even...

Fringe Necklace

 A fringe necklace can be described as a series of pendant elements which dangle from links or cord which encircles the neck. The origin of the fringe necklace is the Egyptian broad collar (wesekh) which made its debut...