Jewellry - Wikipedia
|Ancient Egypt Jewel and Keep box Making|
Ancient Egypt established professional jewelry making approximately 3,000 to 5,300 years ago. Egyptian workmen preferred gold to silver. Precious gemstones and semi-precious stones used: Lapis, Carnelian, Jasper, Turquoise, Quartz and Malachite. In Egyptian society jewelry symbolized power, wealth and religious status. There was an array of jewelry including amulets, head dress, anklets, necklaces, bracelets, rings and collars. Not only was jewelry worn in life but commonly place along with personal valuables with the decease's body. These valuables were know as "grave goods" were offerings to the gods in the after life. Metal were adorned with coloured glass in addition to precious and semi-precious gem stones. The color symbols meaning to provide good luck and ward off evil. Blue represented royalty. Making Lapis and Turquoise prize semi-precious stones. Green glass symbolize fertility. Opaque represented joy and pleasure. Precious and semi-precious stones were not affordable to all in Egyptian social classes. Egyptian artisans were experts at crafting glass bead versions of precious stones. It was difficult to tell the difference between authentic gems from the crafted glass versions.
Mother of Pearl
|Inlaid Mother of Pearl|
Egyptian Men Rings
Just a little tidbit. In the movies you see Ancient Egyptian and Roman men sealing documents with their rings. In Ancient Egyptian men adorned themselves with rings. These rings were not just for adornment but necessity. Legal documents were not signed and dated but sealed with with the individual ring.
Archaeological found gold, silver and semi-precious stones jewelry dates 2900-2300 BC. Sophisticated metal works and techniques: filigree, cloisonne, fine granulation and engraving. Metals adorned with: agate, lapis, carnelian and jasper. Shapes tended to be leaves, spirals, cones and grapes in bunches. Jewelry adorned both people and status.
In the late 1891 Frederick Boepple, founded a mother of pearl button factory. Located Mascatine, Iowa. The Mississippi river and streams supplied an abundance of shelled American pearl mussels. Demand for mother of pearl buttons boomed in the late 1900's and early 2000's.
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Keepsake Chest, Trunks and Memory Keepsake Boxes
Toscana Wood and Metal set of 2. Keep a lot of memories in this well crafted Old World Trunks. Color traces of cherry, brown and black. Unique storage and home decor. Appreciable beauty, structure and design. Treasured memories: wedding, births, passports, vacations,graduations and etc.
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The keepsake chest has always been a symbol of status. Ancient Egyptians kept their personal treasures in heirloom chests. During the Renaissance wealthy families believed in arranged marriages within the family. Inter familial marriages strengthen and secured power influence within the family. Wedding gifts were presented in elaborate trunks. Often times, the trunks were more highly valued than the gifts contained.
These chests were made of a sturdy wood like oak, cherry wood or cedar wood. Cedar was a common wood used for chests. Cedar is sturdy and moth resistant. These chests were intricately carved, gilded or painted. Chests were fitted with secure artistic locks. Valuable items are safe in the cedar lined chests. Immigrant families migrating to America travels by sea with possessions in chests. In later decades American teenage girl were given trunks by their mothers or close female relative. It represented a coming of age for young ladies. Trousseau: clothing, personal items and household items were stored in “hope chest” or “glory chest”. Until the 1950s the expected path for women was marriage. The hope chest was a ritual of the hope and joy. The hope chest and trousseau represented paths of marriage and a family’s life journey. When a young woman married the hope chest was emptied and replaced with memorable throughout family life. Mothers would pass this hope chest to their daughters and the journey of the hope chest was reborn. Chests and memory keepsake boxes in my view, represents hope, joy and heritage.
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The Lane Company, VA was a notable maker of cedar wood chest during WWII. Shirley Temple was a model for the company. Advertisement was aimed at GI’s loved ones left in domestic life. Lane Company promoted miniature 12” long chest chests as advertising gifts for high school girls. These two forms for advertisement Americanized the chest and keepsake box.
Contemporary times are different from the mid 1950s. Women today are liberated and dowries or trousseau's are no longer common traditions. Since Ancient Egypt people still treasure keepsakes. Precious keepsakes are still stored in chests and memory keepsake boxes. Additionally, these decorative chests, trunks or boxes add personal decor to any room.
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