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Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.


Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.


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The history of jewelry

Jewelry can be any ornament made of stones and materials such as gold, silver, silver, lead, enamel, wood lined with gold and cast with additional decorations. Jewelry are small decorative items that we wear for our personal adornment such as rings, necklaces, earrings, brooches, bracelets or cufflinks. It is noteworthy that “jewelry” was one of the first fields that has been developed in crafts.

In prehistoric times people began to create jewelry from the goods of nature such as shells, beautiful stones, shells or even bones. By wearing these items, they considered themselves powerful, appreciated and attractive for the opposite sex.

Location where gold was found, for example Asia and Egypt were the first to create gold jewelry. During these times, gold as a creation material was considered something magical because its shine was not lost after years. Because of this characteristic, gold was considered to be something precious and supernatural. Common understanding was that its possessor would have immortality and eternity. The making of jewelry started thousands of years ago by the ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia and later the Roman Era.

The Egyptians seem to have been among the first to make gold jewelry in the period of 5000-3000 B.C. These jewels were used for social and religious power, as well as to accompany the dead.

The jewelry manufactures in Mesopotamia dates back to 4.000 B.C. with the largest production centers in the cities of Sumer and Akkad. Most of these jewels were created from thin gold leaves always decorated with colorful semi-precious stones such as agates or lapis.

We continue our jewelry history towards Greece. The first masterpieces of exceptional finesse and technique were created in Crete where the Minoan and later Mycenaean civilization flourished, as well as on the Aegean islands. Then the Minoan civilization was followed by the Geometric and Oriental period in 1100-800 B.C.

During this time silver and goldsmithing and other arts did not seek the wealth of previous centuries.

During the Hellenistic period and due to the conquests of Alexander the Great, gold and semi-precious stones are presented in abundance, something that was significantly utilized in the art of silver and goldsmithing. At this point, the influences of the East were strongly visible, as well as the use of semi-precious stones, which until now were not used.

In Roman times, jewelry was processed by using precious and semi-precious stones.

During the Byzantine Empire around the 10th-11th century Greek jewelry reached its peak, in terms of its wealth, imagination and grandeur. The jewels and way of life of the Byzantine Emperors influenced other leaders of the West and the East. Noteworthy to say that during this period the creation of ecclesiastical items of exceptional art began. The profession of jeweler was one of the noblest professions of the time.

Many jewels and church utensils of the Byzantine era can be found in large museums, but many were unfortunately lost. However, the technique of jewelers was inherited from generation to generation and remained a central human element.

After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Ottoman Empire prevailed over the Byzantine Empire, leading to Greece’s occupation for 400 years. Facing the difficult conditions, silver and goldsmithing flourished again in the 17th-18th century with the difference that silver and bronze were used as main production materials.

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The history of jewelry and history in general continues to fascinate and inspire many creators of both jewelry and other industries.

The most modern era of jewelry dates back to the 60’s when the philosophy of the “Arts and crafts Movement” was developed, a movement that opposes both industrialization and cheap imitation of decorative elements with an emphasis on handicrafts. It initially started in America, England and the Netherlands by artists who wanted to develop jewelry and touch art. Although it was and is difficult to ignore mass industrial production, people turned to handmade and genuine products.

In the modern world, jewelry reflects both the traditional techniques and the expression of the creator. While alternative materials are used, new techniques are developed, the original idea to decorate a person remains. As in other art forms, the creator aims to provoke questions and emotions by his work.

After 1970 with the economic development in Europe, the jewelry sector was developing in parallel with the strong presence of wealth, jewelry-works of art were created. During that time the demand for jewelry increased in relation to the current value of jewelry and the financial situation of each interested party.

Reaching today, jewelry independent of its value is worn in every version of everyday life, but also in special moments by both by men and women.

At Apeironart we carefully select and present to you high quality jewelry made of gold, silver and with dedicated gems. You will find in this selection the unique and rare jewelry to express your unique personality.

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