The motive of this gorgeous loom beaded bracelet with roses is inspired from a f…

The motive of this gorgeous loom beaded bracelet with roses is inspired from a french evening purse, 1825. Pink and white roses on light grey background. Wight: 45 mm (aprox.1,77 inch) Length: will be made to order. Just provide your wrist size at the checkout. This beadweaving bracelet has

Jewelry is a broad term that describes any ornament on the body. It contains toe rings for tiaras and everything in between. Jewelry has been used in every culture through history and in many different ways. While in our culture today jewelry serves mostly an aesthetic purpose, jewelry can also serve other functions. Jewelery is used to represent social or official rank, age, marital status and family business. In addition, jewelry acts as an emblem of religious, social and political affiliation. In fact, one of the very first uses of jewelry was to show religious affiliation. The following are the most important cultures that began to use religious jewelry and the common symbols and uses of their jewelry.

Egyptian religious jewelry

Religious jewelry in ancient Egypt was very symbolic. Some common symbols in Egyptian Egyptian religious jewelry include scarab (beetle), lotus, snake, falcon and eye. Scarab is a symbol of happiness and resurrection while "Eye of the Horus" represents healing. A common symbol of the time called "Ankh" is intended to represent eternal life. Religious jewelry was extravagant, consisting of gold and semi-precious stones and lasted by both men and women. When Roman times emerged, Egyptian religious jewelry was made of cheaper materials and more Christian symbols were used. When Islam came to Egypt, men were forbidden to wear gold jewelry. At this time, silver jewelry became more popular in religious jewelry in Egypt. Religious jewelry is still widely used in Egypt, but does not have the same extravagance as the ancient Egyptian religious jewelry.

Roman Christianity and Religious Jewelry

Art and architecture flourished when St. Constantine Christians the Roman Empire. At this time, several popular symbols were created that are still used in Christian art and jewelry. These symbols include the cross, the rosary and the charm of the Christian fish. The cross is a symbol of God's love and a reminder of Christ's suffering. Rosary beads are prayer beads that began in the Roman Christian world but are now used mainly by the Catholic Church (officially accepted by the Catholic Church during rosary approbation in 1520). Rosary beads are also used in Islam and Buddhist faith. The charm of the Christian fish came when early Christians would make an acronym with the Greek word for fish, "ichthys", Jesus Christos Theou Yios Soter (Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior). This symbol attracted less attention to the persecuted Christians. The Christian charm is still very popular today.

Native American jewelry

Native American religious jewelry was a symbol of nature, played a role in religious ceremonies and represented status. Natural materials are used in their jewelry including feathers along with minerals such as turquoise and metals such as silver. These natural materials were a reminder of the earth around them. During healing ceremonies and harvesting rituals, the people would take care of wearing specific types of religious jewelry that were the right color, made of the right material and representing the right symbol for that event. Jewelry worn by a person is representative of the various stages of life that an individual has entered. In several tribes, young people are initiated into adulthood as they receive the spiritual totem consisting of shells, pearls or symbols of nature. Native American religious jewelry was also given to women after the first menstrual period and to newlyweds. Religious jewelry has played an important role in Native American culture.

Because our culture today uses jewelry for decorative purposes, we often forget the roots of jewelry and how, for some cultures, it can have a deeper spiritual meaning. To recognize the importance of these religious jewelry in other cultures allowing us to see the greater symbolic uses that jewelry can be used for.