Bling through the Ages

Human beings have sought to adorn themselves since the beginning of prehistoric times. It may have developed as a mark of status or an amulet against danger.  In the ancient world, metal-working led to elaborate jewellery made of gold and gemstones, such as amber.  The choice of bling in the medieval world was dictated by status – gold, silver and gems for the nobility; copper and pewter for the poor. Beads used as trade goods became popular in Africa, North America and Oceania. For humans, in the desire to decorate and adorn themselves, almost anything goes…..