Nobody can be exactly sure of the details surrounding fine jewelry history, but what we do know is that humans have had a fascination with decorating their bodies with jewels and precious metal for more than five millienia. Tombs in Egypt, Iraq, and Mesopotamia have yielded caches of soldered, hammered, and engraved gold items adorned with lapis, turquoise, amethyst, and jasper, pieces that showed greats craftsmanship—and even taste. You may find similar, albeit newer, items when you shop for jewelry in South Florida.
Through trade, these items traveled to Greece; when the Mediterranean races began to trade with Celts and Brits, fine jewelry began appearing in Europe and Ireland. Finally, by 1200 BC, fine jewelry and goldsmithing had migrated south and west. Bronze began making its first appearance, along with the popular brooch—and item that was decorative, and also functional as it was used to bind clothing.
By the 700s BC, Italy had become a center of gold dominance, and became particularly enamored of adding colored stones to the precious metals. Greek craftsmen traveling to Italy also became fond of these combinations, and these styles remained popular beyond the fall of the Roman empire.
As jewelry became more ingrained in both culture and dress, the craft took off, leading to the formation of guilds and conferring the status of art to jewelry-making. As the centuries wore on, the designs migrated to the new world, where they were equally as embraced.
You won’t find fine jewelry 5,000 years old when you visit us at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, but we do have many examples of fine and antique jewelry made from the same metals and stones that have, quite literally, been worn for ages.