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How to wear jewelry and is it necessary? Just a few large jewelry - Asian bad taste, mistaken for luxury and wealth, or a stylish trend? Do you know what unites a shop assistant or barmaid from a small town and a bride of a Yemeni Jew?

Often - a lot of jewelry and a desire to draw attention to themselves. Nevertheless, for one it is an incontestable tradition that has been preserved for centuries, and for the other it is an opportunity to emphasize status in one’s social circle. But if you are not at all the bride of a Yemeni Jew, then even the presence of several bracelets worn on one hand can strike your imagination and cause a light shock.
So how many accessories are acceptable? Two big rings on one hand - is that too much already? Or a little? If you were a man from Ancient Egypt, then before going to negotiate, you would wear bracelets and rings in the morning, and a necklace with jasper pendants around your neck. But this, of course, after a long time would put themselves in order.And looking at the images of the mythical Gilgamesh king Uruk, you understand that he, too, seems to have a carefully curled beard. And this is the 7th century BC, while the tables themselves with a myth date back to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC. I wonder how she was trimmed at that time, and why did those who carved him in stone believe that his hair and beard were packed with such rings in several rows?

Pictured: Golden Oak Wreath of Dardanelles
Previously, people knew a lot about jewelry! One of the first necklaces was found in South Africa and it is about 75 thousand years BC. Most likely, it served as a talisman from evil spirits and was a distinctive sign of belonging to a particular tribe. In the ancient world, such jewelry helped to distinguish the leader from the ordinary war, and it is believed that men were the first to wear them. In Egypt, the pharaohs unisoned their fingers with a variety of rings, to emphasize the power and high status, the decorations were also worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Caligula and Nero did not hesitate to wear bracelets. In Pliny, we can read that women, especially freedmen and prostitutes, loved long thin chains hanging from their necks above their breasts and sides. Petronius has information that the wife of the rich Trimalchion wore gold bracelets weighing more than 6 pounds! That is, more than two and a half pounds. Seneca, on the other hand, wrote that Roman women sometimes “squandered two and three states on one ear,” and mockingly added that “their ears are already accustomed to carrying weights.”

In the photo: That's what kind of jewelry they used to wear. The famous pectoral found in Ukraine. They say it belonged to a Scythian warrior
Earrings were worn and men. In ancient Rome, one earring was worn by slaves, in ancient Greece - concubines, in Medieval Europe - if you are a gypsy, then you had a carriage drawn by a stolen horse, a ringing guitar, and it was supposed to put a beautiful round earring in your ear. She was also worn by brigands from the main road, cheats, who at that time were the only alternative to business coaches and marketing specialists, as well as one-legged pirates.
But I must admit that both me and the pirates are very far from those who owned the golden pectoral. This is a true masterpiece of the Hellenistic-Scythian art (IV century BC), found in the mound on the territory of Ukraine. A pectoral is a breast decoration of pure gold, weighing more than a kilogram.It is still not clear what role the pectoral played, although archaeologists agree that it was the breast decoration of the war. It is more pleasant for me to think that the Scythian beauty wore it. In the lower circle of the pectoral depict wild animals fighting with griffins, in the middle - beautiful flowers and birds, and in the upper - nomads.

In the photo: The gold of the Incas: the image of the man in the crown - none other than the charismatic god Tumi
What else is not ashamed to split the lip of any woman who knows a lot about jewelry? Of course, these are Peruvian idols, which can only be seen at an exhibition in the Pushkin Museum. Decorations for the ears and nose, which often have the shape of a crescent or a circle, are distinguished by their richness and expressiveness. According to the beliefs of the Peruvian Indians, the main vital holes on the human body should be protected by golden amulets that save the body and soul from the influence of evil spirits.
Choosing jewelry, a person is often guided not only by education and taste, but also by his natural instincts. Please note that expressions like “they don’t climb into a strange monastery with their charter” and “look out from their bell tower” immediately force us to recall religion and national traditions.That is, if you were born and raised in Estonia or Finland, and there are several generations of Lutherans behind you, then your idea of ​​the beautiful and elegant cannot but differ from what it considers beautiful and appropriate, for example, a native of Turkmenistan or Tajikistan. And if you are Russian, then you are a Christian or not, the spirit of Byzantine Orthodoxy lurks in your mentality.

In the photo: Yemeni and Moroccan Jewish women also have long appreciated metal decorations.
The roots of a person, like the roots and branches of a tree, do not allow him to fall down or to get off the ground, and if he is not in tune with his cultural heritage, he also begins to wither and die. Some should not be criticized for simplicity and asceticism, and others should be forgiven for excessive adornment.

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