Jewellery in Ancient Greece

Jewellery in Ancient Greece was mainly worn on special occasions and public appearances. Little wear was seen in daily life.

Items consisted of earrings, pendants, pins, brooches, bracelets, armbands, rings, wreaths and hair ornaments.

Jewellery was made from many things dependant on the wealth of the person.

Clay jewellery was made and decorated with shells. Other jewellery was mainly made of bronze, gold and occasionally silver. Gold was twisted and swirled into many designs and armbands were often designed with the shape of a snake-head or other animal.

Jewellery was inlaid with semi-precious stones including emeralds, garnets, carnelians, rock crystals and agates, and also with pearls and amethysts.

Gifts could be given in the form of jewellery and when worn would show a person’s wealth and status.

 

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