Jewelry- an expression of Cultures over the centuries

Posted by jewelrysuper on May 28th, 2014

African Jewelry

Jewelry has cultural significance and in Africa as an example,the beautifully crafted hand made jewelry and the materials used being gold silver and sea shells may have indicated a persons standing,influence in the community or their wealth .

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Over the centuries, Africans used materials that were readily present in their immediate environment .Over time the materials use became more diverse.

Some of the Materials used were Ivory ,carved stone, animal teeth, sea shells, bone,amber and glass.

Ancient Egypt also produced beautiful bead work dating back to 2,200 B.C.

Signifance of Tribal jewelry

African jewelry is known for beadwork such as the Maasai wear.The Maasai Jewelry ,specifically beaded jewelry, is made according to their cultural rules of their tribes .These practises ,the crafting of this beautifull jewelry has been carried down from their ancestors and the techniques evolve down the ages into innovative interesting pieces of art showing off their amazing creativeness and made with great passion and satisfaction. These methods of making the beaded jewelry   carry with the jewelry important significance .They revolve around important and strict tribal rules,which may include colour and design practises pertaining to their are or tribe .

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These practises carry great significance .They revolve around

long standing tradional values and tells a story conveying certain significant important message or fact about the person wearing a particular style of beaded jewelry or head beads.

Zulu tribal Jewelry    

Again as mentione above the significance is that the beaded

The tribes person   wearing lets say a neclace, might tell us or indicate upon seeing it that person comes form a certain region or area and to which family he/she belongs.

Example in teh cas eof Maasai beaded jewelry.This is created based on strict tribal rules involving particular the colors and design. Maasai women wear very beautiful beaded jewelry on special occasions .

In Kenya and Uganda the women of certain tribes are known for wearing beautiful broad beaded collars and necklaces.

In Kenya's Rift Valley Province, they wear beadwork that indicates their social status.

In Nigeria the kings were known for their incredible beaded crowns.

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