11 Facts About Jewellery


Jewellery is one of the oldest types of archaeological artefact – with 100, 000-year-old beads made from Nassarius shells thought to be the oldest known jewellery.

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Jewellery has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rings, and even genital jewellery.

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Jewellery of the Berber cultures is a style of traditional jewellery worn by women and girls in the rural areas of the Maghreb region in North Africa inhabited by indigenous Berber people.

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Jewellery dating from 600 to 475 BC is not well represented in the archaeological record, but after the Persian wars the quantity of jewellery again became more plentiful.

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Jewellery had great status with India's royalty; it was so powerful that they established laws, limiting wearing of jewellery to royalty.

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Jewellery was considered as a divine being, a deity in human form, whose duty was to uphold and protect dharma, the moral order of the universe.

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Jewellery is worn on the arms and hands, ears, neck, hair, head, feet, toes and waist to bless the bride with prosperity.

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Jewellery played a major role in the fate of the Americas when the Spanish established an empire to seize South American gold.

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Jewellery making developed in the Americas 5, 000 years ago in Central and South America.

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Jewellery making in the Pacific started later than in other areas because of recent human settlement.

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Jewellery used in body modification can be simple and plain or dramatic and extreme.

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