Egyptian men wore jewelry for decoration, for the same reason why women wore jewelry. Except, I thought men didn't wear all that jewelry, but they wear collars and necklaces of gold, glass, and precious stones. Not only did Egyptian men wear these valuable stones for their appearance, they wore it to keep them safe. Does this sound familiar? Well, it should because I wrote about magical amulets in one of my other posts.
Monday, December 15, 2008
As a matter of fact, they did. Everyone in the Egyptian society wore jewelry. The poor wore copper instead of gold, like pharohs and other wealthy people, like me(just kidding, I don't know where I would be in their society). These type of people made their own jewelry out of shells and pottery. Man these people are skilled, but I wonder why they aren't a little bit more wealthy if they know how to make their own accessories. Also, they wore strings or collars with brightly colored glazes. Even the poorest child on the block could have a pottery or bone ring or amulet with a crude image of Bes.
Egyptians wore jewelry to enhance their appearance. I guess that's why people nowadays wear all that jewelry. Women also used it to improve their beauty and prestige in the Egyptian society(ooo la la).Just like our society, rich people wore jewelry also to show how wealthy they were. For example, they would probably be like, I got three gold bracelets, what do you have? In Egypt, they would put on a ton of jewelry for special occasions, such as parties or gatherings.
They wore necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other accessories. Necklaces came in a wide variety, such as chokers(I hope these chokers didn't really choke them, but hey no one said being beautiful was painless) single and multiple strand, pendants, and broad collars. Guess what, these broad collars could measure up to 10 inches!! This type of necklace was primarily made of gold, with inlays of semiprecious turquoise, lapis lazuli, garnet, carnelian, and other stones.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Jewelry, especially amulets, and charms had magical and protective powers. Whoa, I better get me some amulets right away, but not those type of powers, they were used for warding off evil. Carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli brought luck. Also, amulets were made in many forms: scarabs, and the ankh (symbols of eternal life), animals, gods and godesses, crowns and the Eye of the Horus (symbol of wholeness).