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					Wearable antiquities are becoming tremendously popular especially ancient jewelry
and seals. While many fledging collectors are thrilled to own small bronze statuettes,
ancient jewelry is often smaller and the silver and gold pieces more spectacular and
the ancient jewelry category are still quite undervalued in the art market. Therefore if
you want something that is unique and has a history behind it, look into ancient
jewelry. Despite the thoughts of ancient jewelry being incredibly expensive, not all of
it is.

However, considering the skills of people from the ancient Egyptian times as well as
other time periods, some ancient jewelry was made flawlessly. The ancient jewelry
from all corners of the world, especially Egypt and Greece has a very profound
message to deliver to later generations. Unlike ancient jewelry crosses worn by
individuals, processional crosses were used in battle and in ritual where one was
carried and leading many followers.

Roman jewelry was massive with ropes of pearls highly prized and medieval jewelry
included very large brooches. Roman jewelry is generally priced lower than more rare
Egyptian and Greek jewelry, because it is more plentiful on the market. Most early
Roman jewelry resembled Greek and Etruscan jewelry. Rings, of all Roman jewelry,
held a singular and symbolic position in Ancient Rome. Those rings etched with
special intaglios made a significant part of Roman jewelry, while other rings might
hold an inscribed motto dear to the wearer's heart. After the fall of Rome, Roman
jewelry forms and techniques remained in general use. Although early Roman jewelry
style borrowed from established Greek and Etruscan design, new motifs such as the
Heracles knot (two loops intertwined) with an apostrophic figurine for averting evil
spirits or bad luck was introduced. In addition, as Roman jewelry freed itself of
Hellenistic and Etruscan influences, greater use was made of colored stones such as,
topazes, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls.

Ancient seals were generally engraved with a design to be impressed on wax or damp
clay. Ancient jewelry is unique because it has a real mystery and romance. "Perhaps
more than anything else, the allure of ancient jewelry lies in those loveliest secrets
and wondrous methods of the great art of goldsmithing," wrote the famous
Renaissance sculptor and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini. The best preserved and most
prevalent ancient jewelry was made of gold, the material long considered the ultimate
expression of rank and beauty. Through the early Middle Ages, most better-quality
ancient jewelry was crafted of 22- to 24-karat gold, which is characterized by a warm,
rich yellow tone. The scarab or beetle amulet, which was either cast in gold or
sculpted in clay and gemstones, became an enduring design motif that spread
throughout the ancient world.

Mycenae, the ancient Grecian city ruled by King Agamemnon, was the center for
jewelry production in the 2nd millennium B. In ancient Greece and Rome, seal rings
and portrait seals engraved with the owner's likeness became widespread. As with all
ancient jewelry, examples with more complex designs, large numbers of gemstones
and more intricate carving usually collect the highest prices. The Ancient Greeks were
aficionados of jewelry, wearing simple to complex jewelry often complemented with
effigies of the Greek Gods Eros, Nike, Artemis, Isis and Aphrodite. Most early Roman
jewelry resembled Greek and Etruscan jewelry. Rings, of all Roman jewelry, held a
singular and symbolic position in Ancient Rome.

The ancient Egyptians commonly inlaid gold and silver with semi-precious stones
such as carnelian, jasper, amethyst, turquoise and lapis lazuli. Scarabs, representations
of the scarab beetle carved in stone, were also popular in ancient Egypt and Rome.

Therefore as you can see ancient jewelry has its alluring charm and the interesting
thing it is still very much available in today's marketplace.

				
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