Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blogging from A to Z - Day 10 - J for jewelery

Jewelry has played various roles in ancient Egypt. In addition to man's natural attraction to beautiful items, jewelry had a religious and magical significance in the Egyptian ancient world by protecting the wearer from evil.

Ancient Egyptians began making their jewelry during the Badari and Naqada eras from simple natural materials; for example, plant branches, shells, beads, solid stones or bones. These were arranged in threads of flax or cow hair. To give these stones some brilliance, Egyptians began painting them with glass substances. Since the era of the First Dynasty, ancient Egyptians were skilled in making handmade silver and gold jewelry featuring solid semiprecious stones. The art of goldsmithing reached its peak in the Middle Kingdom, when Egyptians mastered the technical methods and accuracy in making pieces of jewelry. During the New Kingdom, goldsmithing flourished in an unprecedented way because of regular missions to the Eastern Desert and Nubia to extract metals. These substances were processed and inlaid with all sorts of semiprecious stones found in Egypt; for example, gold, turquoise, agate, and silver.

So long my friends,


  1. I am so enjoying the lessons about Acient Egypt and I look forward to reading everyday. Thanks so much.

  2. Красивые украшения.Спасибо за рассказ.

  3. I love reading your blog....I know it will help me out with a crossword puzzle someday!

  4. I love your theme! It's so fun to learn something new while visiting other blogs. Good luck with your stitching.


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