QUESTION: My daughter is doing a report for school on Jamaican jewelry. She found a necklace on line, and tried to make a necklace that looks like it, but she also needs to write a paper about it as well. We have found very little about jewelry making in general. Can anyone help?
ANSWER: by Devin, February 08, 2012
Jewelry and jewelry making dates back to our ancestral times when jewelry was worn to show rank and file of members of a tribe, as well as to protect against harm, ward of evil, and heal ailments, signal marriages and wealth, fasten articles of clothing together and for use as a spiritual and religious symbol.
The first jewelry was made from readily available natural materials including animal teeth, bone, various types of shells, carved stone and wood. The first glazed beads used for jewelry making were found in Egypt and date back to around 4500 B.C. The ancient Egyptians had access to gold and silver as well as precious gemstones.
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