Proof of ancient-ethnic Egyptian jewelry creation dates back 4500 years before. Gold was the main ornamental metal used throughout the Pharaoh reign. From 3250 BC, the beginning of Egyptian rule to 640 AD, when it was known as Roman Egypt, jewelry flourished all over the kingdom in various forms. During this period a total of thirty one dynasties ruled the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Religion played a dominant role in ancient Egypt. The jewelry they wore were c connected with their sacred religious beliefs. Jewelry was worn to protect oneself from all kinds of evil in all communities. Egyptians had great belief in after-life, so jewelry was adorned during a person’s life and also after death, so that a comfortable after- life was achieved. All this jewelry was finally to go into the hands of the tomb-raiders, a waste but the truth.
Although a lot of buried wealth was lost to the tomb raiders, a particular infamous Pharoah, who ruled for only 8.5 years from1335 BC to 1327 BC, namely Tutankhamun, who amassed huge amounts of wealth, lives on to this day. So much treasure was discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb, that it is unimaginable, how much the tombs of famous kings like Seti and Ramesses must have held.
Egyptians had accumulated many precious gems but they always had a glass mimickery of the precious gems. Color also played a vital role in their jewels. For example in ancient Egyptian jewelry green color depicted new crop and fertility, whereas the red color symbolized the need for blood and was used as necklaces around the dead bodies. A lot of jewelry materiel was found in and around the Nile kingdom, but many jewels and metals were imported.
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