J is for Jewellery
Jewellery was worn for many reasons in ancient Egypt, and used for different purposes.
- Some jewellery was made for religious reasons, for example gems carved in the shape of scarab beetles, symbolising rebirth.
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- Gold and bronze were the metals most used in ancient Egyptian jewellery.
- Soft gems were also used for jewellery in ancient Egyptian times. These included lapis lazuli, malachite, turquoise, quartz and jasper. Royalty was represented by the colour blue, which made lapis one of the most prized gemstones.
- The colour of jewellery was also important to the ancient Egyptians, as different colours meant different things. Green symbolised fertility, and red was worn by the dead.
- Some items of jewellery worn by ancient Egyptians were unique to them, such as the pectoral, an ornamental item found on many mummies.
- The deceased would be buried with all of their earthly possessions, but many ancient Egyptian tombs were targeted by tomb-robbers, leaving little behind.