Significance of Jewelry in Egypt
Ancient civilization of Egypt has known to have a mystical and mysterious nature. The legacy and mythology of this civilization has been carried over centuries. The engagement and contribution of people in the science and arts has been cherished all around the globe. Reflection of these symbols of their culture can be observed in the jewelry that they wore and created.
In ancient Egypt people of both genders and all classes wore jewelry. Personal adornments such as necklaces, pendants, cuffs, bracelets and amulets were common to the Egyptian people. Although Jewelry was worn by people across classes, the type and extravagance of the piece symbolized the class of the person who wore it. People of the wealthier kind wore precious gems, silver and gold to symbolize their status.
Similar to many cultures around the world across ages, the Egyptians strongly believed in the afterlife. Therefore, the significance of jewelry in their tombs was of utmost importance and the more elaborately decorated the tomb was the richer the person buried there was. They believed that these jewels would provide for a comfortable afterlife to the bearer.
These pieces of art were created using metals such as gold and copper that were very expensive at that time but can nowadays be found in simple objects such as wires and cables. Jewelry was also decorated with semi-precious stones such as emeralds, pearls and turquoise that significantly increased their value. Ancient jewelry was often decorated with animals, birds and insects such as tigers, jackals, antelopes, scarab beetles, etc.
The wearer of such jewelry was often believed to possess magical powers, therefore jewelry played an important role in people’s lives as they signified power and class in society. The intricate, delicate and exotic nature of ancient Egyptian jewelry has found its way into modern jewelry and has a substantial influence of jewelry that is worn even today.