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Ancient Egypt Jewelry Sensibly Inspiring

Ancient Egypt Jewelry in its various designs has been a source for artistic inspiration over thousands of years to jewelry designers all over the world, because of the fine details of the designs, the variety of colors and the precious gemstones, its high quality and the mysteries that it holds. Ancient Egyptians jewelry was never just an art, but it represented a deeper meaning.
 
 
Egyptians are well-known for their sense of beauty. Jewellery was used not only for beauty, but for the magical protection it provided.Immense treasures and jewellery were buried with the dead for use in afterlife and this was the main reason why Egyptian mummies were widely plundered.

 The first evidence of jewellery making in Ancient Egypt dates back to the 4th millennia BC, to the Pre dynastic Period.  As with other forms of Egyptian art design of jewellery followed strict rules to fulfil its religious role.



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Any change in the representation of religious symbols resulted in a loss of protective value. Jewellery also indicated the social status of an individual .It was undesirable to change the designs of any objects such as the royal cartouches or crook and flail.

Minerals and metals used to make jewellery were identified with specific deities and every colour had a mythological meaning. Colour green symbolised fertility and crops whereas colour red symbolised the need for blood by the god.

Scarab amulets were symbolic of rebirth.  Most of the raw materials that were used to make jewellery were found in Egypt, but certain prized materials such as lapis lazuli were imported from Afghanistan.


Gold was considered the skin of gods and was used widely among the people. Bronze was also preferred extensively. Sometimes, an alloy of Gold, Silver and Copper called "electrum" was used.The use of cold-worked glass in jewellery was the invention in the middle kingdom.

In order to provide cheap materials for the lower social classes, Egyptian artisans invented the art of the fabulous fake, ancient artisans became so adept at crafting glass bead versions of precious stones that it was difficult to distinguish authentic emeralds, pearls and tigers-eye. Solidified glass was also formed into beads and amulets which were small figurines that were buried with the deceased.



The wearing of these religious items was widespread by both sexes alike. Since all people needed the protection it provided lower social classes made their amulets from cheap materials such as coloured clay and fake reproductions.Bracelets, Brooches, Clasps, Coronets, Girdles, Earrings - all constituted ancient Egyptian jewellery.

Pectoral was an elaborate chest decoration item. There was also a unique headdress that formed a type of outer wig. Even mundane household objects like vases were made of hammered gold, festooned with jewels.
 
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