In Ancient Egypt, jewelry was as important then as it is today. It was a status symbol to show your wealth. Both men and women wore jewelry to show their prominence in their city. If you did not wear any you were thought to be the lowest of low. Also the stone or metal that was used said a lot as well. The more gold and precious stones you wore, the wealthier you were perceived to be. The size of the stone during this time mattered as well. The gold was a precious metal that was refined by fire and made into beautiful pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, collars and armbands. These pieces would also include precious stones such as pearls, emeralds and rubies. These were some of the most valued stones at the time. Kings and queens and many of the prominent politicians would travel through the city with their servants wearing large amounts of jewelry draped around their necks, wrists and fingers so the people would see their wealth and show them due respect. If someone did not gain the respected they wanted they went and looked for more jewels at there home. They wanted to go about town so that everyone knew where they stood. Even upon their death, they would be buried with their jewelry on as to show others in the afterlife their wealth and position. They did not want to be buried without them because they thought that with out them they would not continue to hold their status when they continued on to the afterlife. Many of these items have been found during the excavation of the tombs of kings and queens who were buried in these areas where ancient cities once were. By uncovering these precious objects, we can learn a great deal about the time in which the owners lived and prospered with in Ancient Egypt. We have learned about how the stones have aged as well. Some of the stones were still completely intact and some were not. Specific designs were made for certain periods of time, just as we do today. This way we can determine approximately when the piece was created and possibly who it might have belonged to. Just as artists create quality pieces today for specific people or events, artists of Ancient Egypt created beautiful works of art from their own designs. These craftsmen were known as Master Craftsmen in their art. These were the people that everyone went to in town for their designs. Whether it was creating a golden necklace with precious stones, or hand carving a bracelet from alabaster, their designs were unique to each person. The Master Craftsmen all had different things that they were known for. They built and designed things different from each other. The better their designs and jewelry, the better they were treated in the community. They way that someone was treated during this time said a lot about their job and their economic status in the town.
Alexander, Rachel. "Facts About Ancient Egyptian Jewelry." Synonyms. Web. 18 Apr. 2016. <http: / /classroom.synonym.com /ancient-egyptian-jewelry-9746.html>.