Humankind has been attracted to precious gems for as long as we know. Some of the oldest artifacts that we know of are decorated with precious gemstones. While it may be difficult to understand the cultures, traditions, and politics of these historical cultures, their jewelry is still something we can relate to. In fact, much of their jewelry is not too different from what we have today. In this video, you will see how ancient jewelry gives us a glimpse into the past.
The ancient Italians were known for their beautiful golden earrings. They were round in shape with intricate designs that were hand carved into them. These earrings are actually surprisingly similar to those that we have today. They are stud earrings that attach in the same way. A special crown of gold encrusted leaves was also discovered and is believed to have been made by the Romans. It was not for everyday use, but it was likely to be worn at a funeral. This is evidenced by the tinged burns on some of the leaves. It is as if it was thrown into the fire. It is truly incredible to learn about the history and story of jewelry from around the world.