Ancient jewelry, as we term, to simplify the board category of paleolithic jewelry to roman jewelry consists of the oldest known jewelry. This jewelry is difficult to class as an overall style as it consists of a vast period of time and was very local specific. From bear claws to drilled shell beads the earliest jewelry is believed to stem from the caveman era. Fine jewelry however emerged a bit later. Bronze jewelry first surfaced in the ancient cities ruled by Kings in Mesopotamia around 3000-2500BC. This was the birth of the bronze era as well as the iron era. It is also during this time where gold jewelry became all to be desired as it was the highest regarded metal for jewelry purposes due to its exceptional color, its luster, and its malleability. Since, at this time, technology was quite geographic as were styles, there was one exception to the preference of gold and that was in Egypt where Egyptians favored silver to gold. We at Velvet Box Society call this broad period of time ancient jewelry as there are many, many sub categories. I will touch on a few just to simplify things:
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