A Brief History in Religious Jewelry

Religious jewelry has been prevalent since times immemorial. While the cross has been a popular symbol used in jewelry since centuries, the fish charm among Christians too remains popular. Rosary beads are another example of jewelry that has been popular amongst many different religions. When Islam came into Egypt, men were forbidden from wearing golden jewelry which is when silver jewelry gained popularity.

Ancient Egyptian jewelry used symbols like serpent, falcon, lotus and beetle most of which were related to good luck, healing and the power of gods. For Native Americans the jewelry was more a dedication to nature and gained importance especially during the harvest rituals. Their jewelry usually consisted of beads, shells, stones and other materials from which symbols of life were designed. Gold and diamond jewelry which was studded with precious stones like rubies and sapphires continue to dominate the Indian mythological stories as well as the Greek history.


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