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The Egyptians were big on wearing jewellery and through
research you can find a great deal of information about their jewellery wearing
and why they wore it. The Egyptians were big believers in types of jewellery,
such as stones and gemstones, bringing about good luck and having magical
powers. Many museums in the UK now exhibit the Egyptians, and many have large
collections of Egyptian jewellery. For example, the World Museum in Liverpool
has a large collection dedicated to ancient Egypt with 16,000 objects, of which
many are pieces of jewellery, making it one of the largest collections in Great
Britain. Egyptian jewellery was beautiful and full of colour. The materials
commonly used were copper and gold wire, coloured glass beads, gemstones and
colourfully painted clay beads. The Egyptians made the most of the resources that
were available to them and experimented with many different mediums. Wide collared
necklaces were very popular, often with large gemstones or beads for decoration.
Along with these rings, earrings and bracelets were also very popular. The
bracelets were worn not just at the wrist as they are today but also on the upper
arm and around the ankles which was different. Some of the jewellery was made
of faience, which is a ceramic material made out of natural materials, such as
crushes quartz, and then after covered with a coloured glaze, usually green or
blue. The Egyptians used jewellery for adornment, social status and protection.
Gold was the most popular metal to be used to make jewellery and the most
popular metal to wear for both the living and the deceased. This was because it
was suggested that the gold was blessed by God and therefore became symbolic
within religion in the ancient Egyptian era. Gold was used for all religious
objects from statues to temples. It was believed that gold was the flesh of the
gods because it was not tarnished as a result of air or moisture, unlike
silver. Silver was the most popular in the beginning when the Egyptians first
began experimenting with jewellery making and wearing, but gold soon took over.
Much of the Egyptians jewellery often included the ankh, which represented the
symbol of life for the Egyptians. This symbol was not just use in jewellery but
also in hieroglyphics and in designs. Historians and researchers are not quite
sure exactly what the ankh meant to the Egyptians or what it symbolised but
what they do know is that they were often put in the tombs with the deceased,
which may suggest that it was the symbol for the key that opened the door to
the afterlife. What researchers do know is that the Egyptians were very fond of
using certain objects to represent and symbolise important things. Another
commonly found symbolic feature was the scarab, which is a carving of a small
beetle. This holy beetle was regarded as sacred in ancient Egypt and have
become an important source of information for historians and archaeologists of
the ancient world. Along with these, another well-known feature of Egyptian
jewellery was the vulture which represented the goddess of Egypt, Nekhbet.