As we all know, elegant jewelry never goes out of style! 😍 Although it is quite easy to find a piece that appeals to your tastes today, it is not possible to say the same for hundreds of years ago. Especially if the jewelry you wear has many different meanings! We searched for interesting jewelry with different materials and designs for you. From jewelry made of human hair to puzzle rings, here are 10 interesting jewelry we pulled from the dusty pages of history…
Wearing this necklace meant you belonged to the upper class.
Members of the Lingayat sect in India used to wear this necklace. It was something that only the wealthy could afford. Made of pure silver and adorned with various jewels, this necklace also draws attention with its intricate engravings. The two knolls on the necklace symbolize the horns of the sacred bull. In the middle, there is a box and the lingam stone is placed in this box.
Jewelry containing human hair was very popular in the 19th century.
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom mourned the death of her husband, Prince Albert, for nearly 40 years. During this period, she did not neglect to teach other women how to grieve. She set an example for the ladies of the period in terms of clothing and jewelry choices.
Victoria wore jewelry containing pieces of her deceased husband Albert’s hair. The most important of these was a coin. After Victoria, many women began to wear jewelry containing the hair of their loved ones. In fact, sometimes you didn’t need to have a loved one who you lost, you could add the hair of your lover or a friend to your jewelry. As you can see, these jewelry represented love rather than grief. 😊
Earrings were designed to be worn in the hair when they were too heavy.
Towards the end of the 17th century, earrings became an indispensable item for women. It was very common to wear extravagant earrings of various stones to accentuate expensive outfits. These earrings, which looked quite beautiful, were usually very heavy. Jewelers added hooks to these earrings to reduce the load on the earlobes, thus allowing them to be attached to the hair.
The jewels were even used in household items.
In the past, women adorned their clothes with an elegant étui. These jewelry, called Etui, contained small items such as needles, thread, and scissors. These tiny boxes, usually made of gold, were decorated with various jewels.
Eye drawing was preferred as a gift to the lover.
Eye drawings became very popular in the late 18th century. King IV, who sent one of these drawings to his lover. George is thought to be the one who started this trend. 😊 You have to declare your love while giving this jewelry to the person you love.
The ancient Greeks thought the Hercules knot warded off evil
The Hercules knot was quite popular in Antiquity. As you can see on the belt in the image, this knot had different meanings in each country. In some countries it meant love, while in others it represented fertility. According to the ancient Greeks, this knot prevented evil and allowed wounds to heal faster.
Sea creature-inspired jewelry was very popular in Spain.
From the second half of the 16th century, extravagant jewelry inspired by living things became popular in Spain. It was often inspired by different shapes of sea creatures. People wore these necklaces as talismans when traveling by sea.
Engagement rings used to consist of two parts
Gimmel rings were first used in the Middle Ages. These rings, which can be divided into 2 parts, became popular in the 17th century. This ring, which the betrothed wore in two pieces, was put together at the wedding and given to the bride to wear it again. If one of the spouses went on a trip, the ring was used by dividing it into two again.
Mourning rings were distributed for the deceased.
In ancient Rome, various jewelry and rings were made to commemorate the deceased. These prepared rings were distributed to the relatives of the deceased. Sometimes they were produced to honor important people. These special rings were distributed during the funeral. Having too many of these rings in a person meant that he belonged to the upper class.
Jigsaw rings were given as a test of loyalty.
Although it is not known who designed these rings, some researchers think they belong to Ancient Egypt and some to China. These rings, which jealous husbands give to their wives, fall apart as soon as they are taken off. Thus, it is understood whether the woman cheated on her husband or not.